Yet another serpentine queue on Wednesday afternoon had patients demanding better service at the state government run Sassoon hospital that ironically has ambitious plans to set up a new building with latest specialties.
Special Out Patient Department (OPDs) are held every Tuesday and Wednesday where doctors from specialities like endocrinology and cardiology attend to the patients’ ailments. There are nearly 500 people at any given time during the OPD,say doctors. The OPD that starts at 12 noon has people lined up outside the doctor’s cabin from early hours of the morning.
While patients come from various areas of the district and surrounding places,it is after a long wait that they get their turn in the queue to be examined. According to Rama Shinde (name changed) from Solapur,the queue stretched outside the OPD as there were only two pharmacists administering drugs for treatment of diabetes.
Patients were subjected to a prolonged waiting period and it was only in the late afternoon hours that the Sassoon officials could pacify the agitated lot. When contacted Dr Nirmala Borade,Dean,B J Medical College and Sassoon hospital admitted that there were six posts of pharmacists at the OPD.
While two were on leave,the work had to be divided among the remaining four. Again two pharmacists were inside the drug store with only two officials left to handle the agitated parents and give the medicines. Meanwhile the Dean said that a meeting will be held on Thursday to discuss the programme where the intra dermal route will be utilised to administer injections against rabies.