Its docs falling prey to ailments, Nair hospital cleans up act

Mumbai | Updated: February 6, 2014 2:39 pm

In an attempt to improve hygiene conditions in the 1,229-bed civic-run Nair hospital, pest control exercises will be carried out twice a week, Dr R N Bharmal, the hospital’s dean, said.

A 25-year-old resident doctor, Sumedh Pazare, had died of dengue on December 31 while a 20-year-old female MBBS student had contracted tuberculosis in December last year.

With the rising instances of tuberculosis infection, the hospital also decided to take precautionary measures and check its drinking water quality.

“I have made a special request to the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) to test the drinking water supplied to the hostel and hospital building as a precaution,” said Bharmal.
In the last 15 days, the hospital’s cleanliness has also improved, say doctors. “Earlier, there was no regular sweeping and mopping in hospital building. Now, the corridors are much cleaner. There is a remarkable improvement in the way sweepers do their job,” said Dr Manish Girgaon, a resident doctor in the hospital.

Shaila Gaikwad, a nurse working in the artificial kidney transplant (AKT) department, said the out-patient department was much cleaner now. “The AKT department is well kept. I have recently been posted in this department and regular cleaning is done here,” she said.

However, a first-year resident doctor said that while the hospital building was being taken care of, the hostel still had few sweepers cleaning it. “The toilet gets cleaned once in 4-5 days. Our rooms are never cleaned because when we are present in the rooms, no sweeper comes for sweeping. We usually clean our own rooms whenever we get time,” the doctor said.

The 525-odd resident doctors are housed in the 210 rooms in the campus. Each of these rooms are around 100 square feet in area and two-three doctors share the same space, which further increase chances of infection, the resident doctor claimed.

Currently, the hospital has 1,435 sanctioned posts for Class IV employees, of which 20 per cent (297) are lying vacant. Of the total Class IV employees, there are 284 posts for cleaners, of which 52 are vacant. “We have filled 52 vacant posts by hiring cleaners on contract basis. They are paid Rs 263 for a single day’s work,” an administrator from the hospital said.

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