‘Out-of-or­der’ lifts in­con­ve­nience pa­tients

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi.

Two of the four lifts at the three-storey NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi have been ‘out-of-or­der’ over the past week, in­con­ve­nienc­ing the scores of pa­tients that come to the hos­pi­tal ev­ery day, said pa­tients.

While the pa­tients al­lege the hos­pi­tal hasn’t done any­thing to re­dress the is­sue, sources in the hos­pi­tal claim that de­spite re­peated com­plaints to the NMMC head of­fice, no cor­rec­tive ac­tion has been taken.

“The Vashi NMMC hos­pi­tal has pa­tients com­ing in from all over the city and even Pan­vel and Mum­bai, for ser­vices such as x-ray, sonog­ra­phy, dial­y­sis, among oth­ers. But when they come to this hos­pi­tal, they are in­con­ve­nienced as two of the lifts are not work­ing. The lifts are re­quired to take se­nior cit­i­zens and other pa­tients up and down for var­i­ous tests,” said Congress leader Ravin­dra Sawant, who has writ­ten to the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion to take ur­gent ac­tion to re­dress the prob­lem.

“There are around 4,000 to 5,000 out­door pa­tients vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal on a daily ba­sis and around 450 pa­tients are ad­mit­ted at a time. Of the 4 lifts at the hos­pi­tal, 2 are not func­tion­ing,” he said, adding, “With two of the lifts not func­tion­ing, there is a huge load on the other two lifts which could break down soon.”

GV Rao, ad­di­tional city en­gi­neer (elec­tri­cal), said, “There are 4 lifts at the hos­pi­tal and hence, we shut two lifts as they are not re­quired. They are used as and when re­quired.”

“Also, there have been sev­eral oc­ca­sions when pa­tients and their rel­a­tives get stuck in the lift,” said Sawant.

Ma­hesh De­sai, a rel­a­tive of a pa­tient, said, “I had got stuck with my rel­a­tive in the lift once. We were res­cued af­ter a while. I have seen pa­tients walk up the stairs to avoid get­ting stuck in the lift.”

Rao said, “The lifts are old and at times there are prob­lems. How­ever, we have a per­ma­nent en­gi­neer de­ployed at the hos­pi­tal who takes care of the com­plaints.”

Rao added, “If the prob­lems per­sist, I will per­son­ally visit and as­sess the prob­lem.”

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