The overcrowding of patients at the Eye Hospital here would come to an end with the completion of the construction of a new hospital block on the premises of Regional Institute of Ophthalmology. As per the explanation filed by institute director to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), the construction of the new multi-storeyed building will be completed within one year and the OP would be shifted to the block. At present, around 2000 people visit the outpatient department of the hospital at a time.
The SHRC had sought an explanation from the hospital authorities after it received a complaint from an ophthalmology doctor Reena Rasheed. Reena said that overcrowding of patients at the hospital makes it difficult for the doctors to diagnose and treat patients in a congenial atmosphere. In order to temporarily deal with the rush of people, the hospital authorities have separated referral OP and non-referral OP. Patients sent from other hospitals and who are in serious condition would be treated in the referral OP and other patients would be treated in the non-referral OP.
Additionally, there will be six doctors in an unit which previously had four doctors. However, the explanation said that this measure has increased the workload of the doctors. The explanation further stated that this was the plight in other hospitals too. However, the SHRC directed the Principal Secretary of the Health Department to take urgent measures to mitigate the problems at the hospital due to overcrowding of patients.