Doctors, patients in peril as UDH deprived of water facility
R LESTER MAKANG UKHRUL, 9th Apr: Considering the prolonged hardships being faced by doctors, staff and patients alike due to non-provision of water facility at Ukhrul District Hospital, District Legal Services Authority, Ukhrul has in a missive urged the Health & Family Welfare Minister for immediate intervention in the matter.
In his letter dated April 7, DLSA Ukhrul secretary Alek Muivah drew the attention of the state health Minister to the deplorable conditions of the hospital, stating that he received reports from the Para Legal Volunteers attached with the Legal Aid Clinic at the district hospital regarding the extreme hardship being faced by doctors, staff and patients at UDH due to absence of water facility at the hospital.
He then suggested the Minister to seek assistance from ADC Ukhrul, Police, 6 Manipur Rifles, 27 Assam Riffles, BRTF and PHE Ukhrul Division for providing water tanker service on rotational basis as a stopgap measure until permanent arrangements are made.
Quoting reports from PLVs, Muivah further stated that many patients of the hospital are currently buying water from outside for their lavatory needs, while adding that non availability of requisite facilities like water could discourage doctors and staff of the hospital from staying at their residential quarters.
Proper availability of water is sine qua non for maintenance of a hospital in a clean and hygienic condition, he added.