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Kohima civil hospital sans waste bin
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 19(NPN):
Published on 20 Jan. 2011 1:31 AM IST
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Despite much hype about all round improvement in the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), which many consider as one of the best hospitals in the capital city, there seem to be a dearth of dustbins (waste bins) for patients. Patients admitted at NHAK have to shell out from their own pocket to purchase dustbins for themselves during their stay in the hospital.
Not only dustbins, it has almost become ritual for nurses on duty to ask patients and their wards whether they brought their own bedding, including bed sheets, pillows and blanket for the patient.
Adding more woes to the patients, particularly of the financially weaker section of the society who could hardly afford private hospitals fees, expenditures emerge almost the same as that of the latter, with tools like syringes, cotton, medicated gloves, soaps etc, and medicines prescribed for purchase in the pharmacy. No doubt, the hospital has a pharmacy of its own that stocks medicines and related items supplied by the responsible department, which in its turn, spends huge amounts of money every year to acquire such necessities. Yet it has remained much like “Pandora’s Box” as to where all the medical supplies from the department vanish to.

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