No Plates, Patient With Fractured Hand Gets Food Served On The Floor In Ranchi’s Top Hospi

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No Plates, Patient With Fractured Hand Gets Food Served On The Floor In Ranchi’s Top Hospital



At a time, when a spate of reports over the last one month — ranging from Chikungunya in New Delhi, the mournful case of Odisha’s tribal Dana Majhi and several other such cases — are clearly reflecting the deplorable state of healthcare facilities in India, another such disturbing event has been reported from Jharkhand.

In a photo surfaced recently, a patient can be seen eating food straight from the floor of a ward in the state’s biggest government hospital, the Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences.

A woman named Palmati Devi, with her arms fractured and wrapped in the bandage, ate her meal of rice, dal and vegetables that were served by ward boys on the floor. This incident happened on Wednesday. She was also ordered to clean the floor.

Palmati Devi, at the orthopaedic ward of the hospital, had asked for a plate from the hospital staff as she didn’t have one. But she was rudely told off by the kitchen staffs that there are no plates in the hospital as well.

The hospital that has an annual budget of Rs 300 crore couldn’t arrange for a plate and food was served to her on the floor.

BL Sherwal, the hospital’s Director, told NDTV, “It’s not a common practice but we have started an inquiry and will take action those who served the food on the floor and then forced her to eat from there.”
 
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