Lack of shelter for treatment at AIIMS
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.