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Hygiene issues at Indian hospital exacerbated by huge volume of visitors
The cleaning programme at Gauhati Medical College & Hospital, in the large eastern Indian city of Guwahati, is being severely disrupted by the huge volume of visitors - estimated at some 2000 - 3000 each day with many staying overnight to be with their loved ones. This is leading to a rapid spread of infection as many of these visitors ignore the rules and regulations regarding cleanliness and hygiene.
The hospital superintendent, Ramen Talukdar, told Times of India: "The hospital is turning into a hub of infection now, thanks to the increasing number of visitors. Every day we expect around 2000 - 3000, but the number increases fourfold, and people do not maintain hygiene.
"Most of the time, seven to eight attendants come along with patients and many of them stay back at night. Accommodating them becomes a problem.
"We have a fixed time for cleaning the hospital, but if people constantly keep coming, it gets difficult for us to maintain cleanliness. People then blame us for unsanitary conditions.
"People should realise that this hospital caters for thousands of seriously ill patients every day so cleanliness needs to be maintained on the premises. People should co-operate with us in this regard."
24th November 2011