Relatives of patients at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) are facing hardship in absence of public toilets.
GMCH has more than 1,200 patients admitted everyday and around 80 per cent patients are from rural parts of the district.
Generally, three to four relatives accompany a patient. There is one toilet situated in one ward. However, owing to water scarcity, the relatives cannot use this toilet. They use the open spaces near the entrance, OPD, garden, mortuary, X-ray department to relieve. A lot of stench emanates from these areas. The odour is unbearable, leading to unhealthy atmosphere around GMCH.
Bhimshakti Employees Association president Rajendra Pohala has appealed for provision of two public toilets, one each at medicine department and surgical department with water facility.
One public toilet was built before CT-Scan department, a year ago. However, this toilet is lying unused since the administration could not inaugurate it. After completion of the work by the PWD, the toilet is to be run on a pay-and-use basis. However, tenders have not yet been floated.
Deputy medical superintendent Dr Avinash Magre said, "We were pursuing the matter with the PWD to complete the work at the earliest."