Lack of shel­ter for treat­ment at AIIMS

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR -

THEY come from far and wide seek­ing re­lief and suc­cour at the coun­try's pre­mier med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion, but scores of out­sta­tion pa­tients at AIIMS find them­selves fight­ing the heat and hu­mid­ity dur­ing day­time and spend­ing nights on pave­ments even as hospi­tal of­fi­cials say that they are un­able to pro­vide shel­ter to them all.

Many out­sta­tion pa­tients who fail to get ad­mis­sion at the hospi­tal are forced to spend days wait­ing their turn out­side AIIMS, in un­favourable hy­giene and weather con­di­tions.

Niza­kat Khan, a 28year-old cancer pa­tient from Mad­hya Pradesh who is un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy fol­low­ing an oper­a­tion, says that along with the fam­ily mem­bers ac­com­pa­ny­ing she has been spend­ing days in the Metro sta­tion sub­way and nights on road­side pave­ments.

"It's too hot to sit in the sun dur­ing the day, I am here with my fa­ther, brother and un­cle. It's been more than a week that I was op­er­ated on and am cur­rently un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

"At night, nei­ther the hospi­tal guards nor those at the Metro sta­tion al­low us to stay in­side their premises, so we sleep on the pave­ment along with many oth­ers," said Niza­kat.

An­other pa­tient, 13year-old Sa­j­jan from Patna, has spent more than two weeks with his fam­ily on the road­sides seek­ing an oper­a­tion date from the doc­tors. Sa­j­jan is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for brain tu­mour.

His fa­ther, San­jee­van Choud­hary, said, "We came here more than 15 days back. My son has un­der­gone a few tests.

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