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LG doctors bugged by bug in soup Monday, October 8, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: A bug served on the lunch table and rats and lizard found in the residential mess on Friday almost brought L G Hospital to a standstill as disgusted doctors threatened to go on strike if the hospital authorities failed to take immediate cognisance of the unhygeinic food being served to them.
Resident doctors at L G Hospital have time and again complained about bugs and insects being 'served' to them in cooked food (a cockroach was found swimming in the 'dal' five months ago).
The flashpoint, however, came on Friday as the doctors discovered a bug in the 'dal' served to them for lunch.
More horror was in store for angry doctors as a surprise check conducted by the hospital superintendent Nimish Pandya following the complaint revealed rats and live lizard in the containers storing pulses!
"The food served to us in the mess here is fit only for zoo animals. It is ironical that the very people who are responsible for public health are being forced to put up with such unhygeinic food stuff. This is disgusting," fumed a resident doctor.
Repeated pleas to improve the quality of food has reportedly fallen on deaf ears, what with the caterer refusing to even throw away the vermin-infested food stuff.
"Even today, when we asked him to throw the insect-contaminated 'dal' and prepare it afresh, the canteen guys simply refused. How can we put up with such inhuman conditions," questioned one doctor.
Apparently, the doctors have also been complaining about the defunct water cooler but to no avail, leaving them with little choice but to drink straight from the tap since the last eight months.
With their cup of woes brimming over on Friday, the doctors even threatened to go on a strike if the hospital authorities did not spruce up the place at the earliest.
The doctors were later pacified by superintendent Dr Pandya who assured them that all possible steps would be taken to ensure an early end the doctors' problems.
"We have taken immediate cognisance of the doctors' complaint. Orders have been given to thoroughly cleanse the mess. Open containers will be discarded and tins with lids immediately bought to store food stuff. Moreover, we will also look into bringing about long-term solutions to end this problem once and for all," Pandya told TNN.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]