SILCHAR, June 9 - At a time when promises of turning the Silchar Medical College and Hospital into a super-speciality hospital with all the modern healthcare facilities had given people of Barak Valley hopes of better treatment, complaints about unhygienic conditions, lack of better infrastructure, and above all, dearth of medicines present the hard reality that the government-run hospital is in a shambles.
In his first visit to the hospital after being named the Deputy Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly, Silchar legislator Dilip Kumar Paul was flooded with cries of utter negligence and appeals to make things better in the hospital.
�It is true that the hospital is enmeshed in a plethora of problems,� Paul told this correspondent. �I had a meeting with the principal, Dr Shilpi Barman, and other officials of the hospital and sought a report on the prevailing condition within two days. I have urged them to provide better services to the people. The government will extend its support,� he said.
In reply to a question on foul practices in the availability of seats and blood bank in the hospital, Paul categorically stated that the syndicate dictating terms at the hospital blood bank will be dismantled and no instance of corruption shall be tolerated.