Hyderabad: The problems at Osmania General Hospital never seem to end.
Patients at the OGH are compelled to share their wards with stray cats and dogs and the overall condition of the hospital is deteriorating with every passing day.
A visit to the hospital by this correspondent proved that the OGH is in a sad state and needs immediate attention. The building is dilapidated and stray dogs and cats roam freely in the corridors and wards.
Ram Babu, a daily wage worker from Medak, whose father was in hospital, said, “The facilities are not good in this hospital but the authorities should at least ensure that the animals don’t stray into the hospital. Yesterday, a cat stole food I had brought from home.”
Patients and visitors are understandably afraid of the dogs. Padma Laxmi says she is afraid the dogs will attack the children.
A hospital official said, as for the animals, no “permanent solution has been figured out till now”.
He acknowledged that “the government needs to seriously think of renovating the hospital because the structure is weakening and the patients are afraid of cracked walls and roofs”.
The superintendent of OGH said that it is the responsibility of the Telangana State Medical Services & Infrastructure Development Corporation (TSMSIDC) to maintain the hospital’s structure. No one from the TSMSIDC was available for comment.