The members of the Hailakandi unit of Socialist Unity Center of India (SUCI) have demanded rejuvenation of the 100-bed civil hospital here. They took out a protest procession on Saturday in Hailakandi town and later a team of the unit led by its district secretary Sushil Paul submitted a memorandum to the Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma through the Joint Director of Health Services enlisting various demands for the development of the hospital. The demands included supply of all essential and life-saving medicines, immediate starting of ultrasonography, X-ray, all sorts of blood tests, blood bank etc., appointment of sufficient doctors and nurses, release of Rs 50 in cash to the admitted patients daily, stop corruption in the different branches of the hospital etc.

During the submission of memorandum, SUCI’s Bhakta Singh, Ranjit Ghosh, Afjal Hussain Mazumdar, Jamir Uddin, Sankar Goala, Mayukh Bhattacharjee were also present. They took part in the discussion with the Joint Director regarding the problems of the hospital.

Later, Sushil Paul told mediapersons that the hospital is lacking all sorts of amenities, and due to this, the poor people are facing extreme difficulties. He said that the authorities of the hospital informed them that all the modern machines are out of date and have not been repaired for a long time due to the lack of funds.

He further said that due to the absence of a pathologist, all sorts of tests are being hampered. He also alleged that the blood bank of the hospital is non-functional on mysterious grounds and there is no system of blood transfusion. He lamented that the life-saving drugs and essential medicines are out of stock in the hospital and the patients are forced to purchase medicines from outside.

Hailakandi civil hospital sources informed that the acute shortage of doctors and nurses are some of the major problems in smooth running of the hospital and no action has been taken up by the authorities despite repeated reminders for appointment of doctors. – Assam Tribune 

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