Inside a Bhopal ‘gas’ hospital

Bhopal gas survivors hospitals neglectful state healthcare Bhopal

Shakir Ali Khan hospital is a state-run ‘gas hospital’ situated in central Bhopal. It is a bleak and depressing place and sums up the amount of help being given to gas victims by the national and local government bodies.

Dr Mantosh Singh, who is the head doctor, faces a massive uphill battle to treat the over 1,200 victims registered at the hospital. There are only a handful of full time doctors and only 16 qualified staff in total. Other than proper funding, they urgently need anesthetists. ‘It is very difficult to look after patients with no money’.

Bhopal gas disaster survivor hospital Bhopal Medical Appeal

There are wards that are empty of patients – with beds and mattresses piled high. Men and women are housed on different floors and many lie in stained and un-washed blankets. These very sick people suffering mainly from respiratory and heart diseases, but others have growths that are horrific. The State-‘run’ ‘gas hospitals’ are seemingly used by the government as tools to promote their own agendas and PR in stating they are indeed helping gas victims… sadly, the reality is very different.

Bhopal gas disaster survivors are being neglected with hospitals with lack of funding  and no doctorsThe Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two clinics in Bhopal which provide free and effective treatment for those poisoned by the toxic gas or the water contamination in Bhopal. The clinics use gentle and appropraite care to treat patients still suffering in Bhopal today.  You can donate to the BMA here

Bhopal gas disaster survivors neglective health careservices

Photos and text by Giles Clarke

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.