Kendrapara, Sept 22 (LocalWire): In a bizarre incident, dogs were seen sleeping on the beds of the COVID-19 isolation ward of the District Headquarter Hospital of Kendrapara.
Dr. Anita Patnaik, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Kendrapara said, “Some stray dogs managed to enter the isolation ward of the hospital due to the absence of the security guard.
No patients were present in the ward at the time of the incident. We are investigating the matter and strict action will be taken against those responsible for this negligence.”
Many patients alleged that the dogs were regularly seen roaming the hospital wards.
Pradip Das, a social worker from Kendrapara, alleged that the hospital is the home to many stray dogs.
“Dogs roam freely around the wards and also go into hospital bathrooms and toilets for which the safety and hygiene of the patients is compromised. It is pathetic to see stray dogs on the hospital premises,” said Das.
“The entry of stray dogs also affects the sanitation of the ward, for which the COVID isolation ward will be properly sanitized soon.
It is the work Kendrapara municipality officials to check the menace of stray dogs. We have urged the civic body to take necessary steps to keep dogs away from the hospital areas,” the CDMO added.
Images of stray dogs occupying the beds in the COVID isolation ward of the hospital are doing rounds on social media, raising serious doubts about the public healthcare system in the district.
This is not the first time that questions have been raised over the healthcare services in the district.
Last month, rainwater had entered the COVID Isolation Ward of the Community Health Center (CHC) at Rajnagar.