Delhi government hospitals, filthy dirty and hotbed of infections.
Forget about advanced health care infrastructure, Delhi government hospitals are filthy dirty and a hotbed of infections. While the transformation of India's premier institutions AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital is evident. The state government owned hospitals lack even basic hygiene. A follow up on a complaint by a patient admitted at DDU a prominent hospital in West Delhi revealed the shocking lack of maintenance, unhygienic preparation and transportation of food for patients, filthy toilets leading to smell of piss all over hospital premise, highly inefficient processes including admitting patients and issuing medicines resulting into overcrowding and infections. A relative complained of falling sick while accompanying her sister who is seeking treatment.
Who is doing what?
After taking over from regime riddled with corruption charges, in March 2015 Delhi health minister asked hospitals to explain the pathetic condition. "The Delhi government would strictly implement a policy of zero tolerance towards the lax attitude in providing quality healthcare to the patients. Insensitivity and careless attitude of those responsible for managing hospitals in Delhi will not be tolerated," the minister was quoted as saying. More than two years have passed and many Delhi government hospitals still remain critically ill and need serious revamp. Pathetic condition of Delhi government hospitals leads to overcrowding at AIIMS and other central government run Hospitals in Delhi. Making it difficult for these hospitals to manage the inflow of patients.
A 2015 government health Survey indicates More than 70% (72 percent in the rural areas and 79 percent in the urban areas) spells of ailment were treated in the private sector. It is observed that in urban India, 32% hospitalized treatment was carried out in public hospital and rest 68% in private hospital.