Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Vacates Floor For Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s Family, Patients End up Sharing Beds
Raipur, Nov 16: Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial hospital in Raipur vacated an entire floor for Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh who had his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Singh, who was expecting a baby, admitted to the government-run hospital. Nearly 1,200 patients from the second floor, who were shifted and crammed into another floor, alleged that they were made to share beds with other patients due to lack of beds.
CM Raman Singh is facing flak from the opposition parties who claim that he received VIP treatment at the hospital at the cost of the patients. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, argued that it is an honour for the hospital that Raman Singh decided to admit his daughter-in-law in the Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial hospital instead of going to an expensive private hospital.
The second floor, which has 700 beds, was vacated for Raman Singh, whose daughter-in-law was given a separate room. Three rooms, on the floor, were given to nearly 50 police personnel for security purpose. Nearly 1,200 patients were shifted to the first floor where patients had to share beds. (Also Read: 3 Children Die in Raipur Hospital Due To Oxygen Shortage; CM Orders Probe)
One of the patients told NDTV that they told the hospital authorities that it was difficult to share one bed but they asked them to manage. “Nobody is listening to us,” he said. Another said, “We have a sick room and as per provisions they should have admitted all of us to the sick room, but they have converted the sick room to police control room.”
Hospital superintendent Dr. Vivek Chaudhury admitted that the hospital was already overcrowded. “There is a lack of space, new construction is going on… there is a problem in the delivery ward, we made an arrangement for 30 more,” NDTV quoted him as saying.
Alleging Aishwarya Singh was given special treatment, the state Congress spokesperson Vikash Tiwari said that they welcome the new member in his family but “the Chief Minister’s daughter-in-law got VIP treatment.” Tiwari added that the authorities turned the entire hospital into a cantonment. “Two pregnant women are being forced to share one bed. This is shameful and apathetic treatment,” he said.