New Delhi: Reeling under the fire of high inflation, middle class and poor families are heading towards government hospitals for treatment. Owing to the rush of ill people, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital is forced to accommodate three patients on a bed.

The long queues of pregnant women have forced the management of the hospital to reduce the discharge time of the patients from the required 72 hours to 12 hours. This would be applicable from Monday despite doctors being aware of the discomfiture of the patients and harmful effects of quick discharge.

The bed capacity of the hospital is 39 while 120 women are admitted to the maternity ward. Many of the patients are even lying on floors with their new born babies.

Delhi Health Minister AK Walia said, “I am aware of the growing number of pregnant women. I have issued directions to the Public Works Department to finish the construction of the new building at the earliest and provide 100 beds for the maternity ward.”

(JPN/Bureau)