Yogi urges govt doctors to draw parallels to his hospital culture
Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, these days, is talking hard and straight to the doctors around the state. He is often heard advising as well as warning doctors to be polite, dutiful and sensitive towards their patients, or face the music.
The root cause of the CM being so sensitive towards the poor and ailing people lies in Guru Shri Gorakhnath hospital, run by Gorakshpeeth headed by him. The hospital is nationally as well as internationally known for being extremely inexpensive for poor.
Actually, the UP CM wants the doctors to maintain all the government hospitals of the state on the lines of the Gorakhpur-based hospital.
What is so special about Guru Shri Gorakhnath Chikitsalaya?
The hospital is nothing less than highly-equipped AIIMS or a multi-speciality medical institution, as it offers facilities like blood bank, dialysis, physiotherapy, Ayurvedic treatment and much more. These services are provided to the poor and middle class people at much lesser prices than the other hospitals.
The hospital even provides free treatment to the patients coming from financially weaker background, from the funds collected in the Poor Poverty Narayan Seva Fund, which is developed through donations.
Most of the patients in the hospital belong to Nepal, Bihar and the nearby areas of the Poorvanchal region.
The hospital which does not discriminate with the patients on the lines of caste or religion, also offers food at just Rs 10 per diet from the Annapoorna Service.
What else the hospital provides?
- Patients can get discount up to 5-50 per cent on medicines.
- Dialysis here is much cheaper than the other hospitals.
- Patients can book doctors' appointment for just Rs 30.
- The hospital administration takes special care of cleanliness.
- The hospital also provides ventilator-equipped ambulances.
- The ward fees vary from Rs 250 per day to Rs 800 per day.
Telling about the motive of the hospital, Guru Shri Gorakhnath Chikitsalaya assistant director Rameshwar Singh said, "The main aim towards establishing this hospital was to help the poor and helpless people of the region. We just want to ensure that each and every poor patient gets good treatment without paying much."
"When Yogi Adityanath was the Gorakhpur MP, every morning he used to visit the hospital to know the health of every patient. He himself used to take care of cleanliness here," he added.
Yogi had also given strict instructions to the hospital staff not to misbehave with the attendants of the patients, he said.
It may be recalled that Yogi Adityanath had visited the King George's Medical University recently.
On his first visit to KGMU after taking oath as UP CM, Yogi had said, “I have come across a number of complaints that the government doctors do not come to the hospitals on time, making the patients wait for long hours. It happens consistently because they spend a lot of time at their private clinics. I want to make it clear that the current UP government will not tolerate any such habits and appropriate action will be taken against those found guilty.”
“The private hospitals charge very inappropriately. A ‘CT scan’ which usually costs Rs 450 in government hospitals, is done for Rs 1,800 or more at the privately owned clinics. The doctors also recommend such clinics refusing to accept the reports of any other diagnostic centres. This should be stopped immediately,” he had added.
He, in his very famous style, had criticised the junior doctors who misbehave with the attendants of the patients, saying, “Junior doctors often indulge in fights with patients’ attendants. I have heard many times that the junior doctors form a gang and thrash the attendants. I appeal all such doctors to stop doing this and show some sympathy towards the patients who already are in grave pain.”