Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-25 10:11 Bengaluru: Broken doors, dingy rooms, dilapidated roof and an abandoned operation theater. The once-famous BBMP maternity home at Thimmaiah Road in Bharatinagar is now a shadow of its past. an addand a place for drug addicts hoodlums ‘adda’ at night is all the famous Maternity Home at Thimmaiyya Road has become. All thanks to the callousness of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. Earlier, the hospital was known Ganji Thotti or Poor House, for serving rice gruel to the poor in the surrounding areas. But it was one of the finest maternity homes in the city. But for the last two years, the hospital has been facing problems such as lack of doctors, water, and others. The hospital was established 60 years ago, in 1956, for serving the poor. For decades, the impressive stone edifice brought into the world thousands of babies, before falling on bad days. It was renovated in 2004 during the tenure of Corporation Commissioner M R Srinivasa Murthy. The City Corporation is the one which is custodian of this place. However, ever since the Corporation became BBMP in 2007-2008, the 24-bed hospital began received a stepmotherly treatment. From two ward of 24 beds, the hospital has now just one ward with 12. The scanning facility has also stopped as the machines have stopped working for more than six months. The operation theatre was shut as the cracked ceiling used to leak during heavy rains. Worse, now half of the hospital does not even get water, especially the lab. “Security is a big concern as the old man who is tasked to monitor the public movement cannot control the trespassing by hoodlums who jump the compound wall and come in and hide in empty rooms and roof tops to smoke,” says a senior nurse. The water meter was stolen a year back, she says. The hospital has paid Rs 15,000 to the BWSSB account for installation of fresh meter. “There is no accountability here. The door and grills are broken and anyone can gain easy entrance. Safety is at stake,” the nurse says in a sad voice. According to Palike norms, every BBMP maternity hospital should have three doctors and six nurses to attend the patients 24/7. Five years ago, BBMP had to close five hospitals in different wards in the city, due to staff crunch and shortage of funds. At present, there are 24 BBMP maternity hospitals. For the last one month, the hospital has had no regular doctor. “Due to the non-availability of the doctor, we have been sending patients to other hospitals. Earlier, we used to attend 50 deliveries a month, but now we hardly attend 10 deliveries in a month. We also can’t prescribe medicines if the baby has a fever, without consulting a doctor,” the nurse says. With just three staff in the hospital, each one has work for 8 to 12 hours. Latha, Medical Officer, East Zone, confirms the sorry state of affairs. “The hospital has not receive any grants for maintenance over the last few years. The lack of a permanent doctor is still a concern. We have called for interview and a doctor will be selected soon,” said Dr Latha. Shakeel Ahmed, Bharathinagar Ward Corporator, said complaints regarding the plight of the hospital had been brought to his notice. “I am not aware about the hospital not getting funds.. The installation of scanning machine will take time as I have to approach MLA and talk about all these issues,” he says.