When the “who’s who” of the secretariat are preferring quarantine services of private nursing homes and corporate hospitals over government hospitals, it remains a complex question in common people’s mind, whether it is worthwhile to visit a government hospital at all.
On June 19, the 23-year-old son of medical education secretary, V Umesh, landed at the Bangalore International Airport (BIA) from New York. He had developed symptoms of swine flu and was referred to Rajiv Gandhi Insitute of Chest Diseases (RGICD).
There were around 10 vacant beds in the general ward. But in the absence of special wards, the attention of his parents immediately shifted to Lakeside Hospital, Malleswaram. After preliminary screening at RGICD, the patient was immediately shifted to the nursing home.
What could be a better reason for Umesh to shift his son from RGICD to Lakeside Hospital other than complete lack of faith in services in government hospitals?
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In fact, will anyone amongst the PRAJA members ever want to avail the services of a government hospital, even for his/ her servants? Certainly not me. The (dis) services provided by the government hospitals are becoming increasingly costly, in terms of negligence, apathy, mamools (no longer small as the term may imply), fresh infections due to unhygienic conditions, and not in the least life itself on account of all of the above and many other factors. It is time the government re-looked at its role. Check-out this also.