Centre for women facing violence in Gurugram takes Sundays off

GURUGRAM: The civil surgeon of Gurugram, while surveying the in on Sunday morning ahead of the visit of the additional chief secretary (health) to the hospital on Monday, found the (OSC) for counselling victims of rape and violence that operates out of the hospital, closed. The centre is supposed to stay open at all hours.
According to sources, the OSC remains shut on most Sundays.

Civil surgeon Arora said he has asked the acting principal medical officer to look into the matter and check why the centre is shut on Sundays.

“I have asked the principal medical officer to look into this. If they (the staff) were with another patient, it’s another matter, but if they were not present at all, I have asked him to inform the authorities,” he said.

The district programme officer for women and child welfare, who is in charge of the OSC, could not be ed, despite repeated attempts by TOI. The OSC was set up in January 2017 using the Nirbhaya fund to provide legal, medical and psychological support to women and child victims of rape and violence.

The centre is supposed to be open 24×7, but this is hardly the case, hospital staffers said.

Arora’s inspection comes ahead of the visit by additional chief secretary R R Jowel, who is scheduled to arrive in the city on Monday and survey the hospital.

Arora called it a routine visit and said the secretary’s visit is still tentative. “I have suggested some small changes. These will only become big changes one day,” he said.

During his visit, the civil surgeon also pointed out a number of measures for the comfort of patients and attendants. He asked for fans and coolers to be installed in corridors of wards, as well as the OPD.

He also directed officials to regulate the entry to the labour ward, so that unwanted elements can’t enter it at will, sources said.

Arora also visited the laundry facility at the hospital, where a laundry machine has been out of order for a while. The civil surgeon is said to have instructed the authorities to fix the machine on priority.

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