In Rajasthan’s Dholpur district, due to lack of availability of beds, patients are forced to sit around the trees and hang their bottles of intravenous (IV) fluid from the tree trunks.
According to HT, the Saipau community health centre in the district, which has just 15 beds, is overwhelmed due to n a spike in the cases of viral fever.
The two meen trees have virtually turned into hospital wards. Around 15-20 patients were lying under each of them on September 10.
The indoor patient count for the day was 200. “We have admitted patients beyond our capacity. We can’t turn them away,” centre incharge Dr Charanjeet Singh Chauhan said.
Not only space, doctors are also concerned about lack of health professionals in the centre. Further, they had run out of medicines.
Dr Chauhan said the centre had just three doctors and they had run out of medicines as well. Some patients left after initial treatment because of lack of facilities.
Making the things worse, patients and their attendants are forced to defecate in the open as there is no provision for sanitation.
“They were trying their best but it was the government’s responsibility to ensure there were enough doctors, beds and medicines,” block chief medical and health officer Dr Virendra Bhaskar said.