Lack of hot water facility puts patients in a fix at CHC Rangat

Report by: 
V SENTHIL KUMAR
RANGAT
25 Sep 2017

Lack of basic amenities particularly hot water facility at Community Health Centre, Rangat, in Middle Andaman is taking a toll on patients in the region. Non-availability of hot water in the premises of the sprawling health centre is not only affecting the day-to-day operations at the centre, but also leaves patients and the relatives or caregivers who visit or stay by their side in a wretched state.
According to reports, a separate hot water facility powered by solar energy was in operation at the CHC till a couple of months ago. But after the installation went defunct, the hospital management has taken no steps to get the installation repaired for the benefit of patients. Presently patients and their relatives are forced to purchase hot water from retail shops located kilometres away from the Centre or approach nearby households for the purpose. “Even though the CHC Rangat has installed facility for hot water, the system has remained non-operational for the past more than two months causing grave inconvenience to in-patients. We’ve to purchase hot water from private shops paying our hard earned money. Some even request house owners located near the hospital to obtain hot water for drinking. The authorities should wake up from slumber and do the needful to provide hot facility at the hospital,” said some patients.