Rawalpindi - The staff and students residing in the hostel of School of Nursing Benazir Bhutto Hospital are living in miserable state because of contaminated drinking water, unhygienic food and bad sanitary conditions.

The staff and student nurses, while taking to The Nation on Sunday, lamented over negligence of the school principal, medical superintendent of the hospital and Punjab government. They said they had been living in unhealthy environment for the past many months.

According to them, potable drinking water is not available while the food is not being served in the hostel of BBH School of Nursing, which houses more than 350 persons including staff and students. They said that water coolers were not available. The cleanliness condition was also unsatisfactory, they added. As a result, many nurses and staff are suffering from abdominal and stomach related diseases, they asserted.

They vowed to hold protest demonstration in coming days against the administration of the school and government if the conditions of the hostel did not change.

A staff nurse, who wished not to be named, said that the building of the hostel was very dilapidated but even then they paid Rs 5000 as accommodation and food charges per month.

“On one hand our government is spending billions of rupees of projects such as metro bus service, underpasses and flyovers but on the other, it cannot spend money on the hostel to provide relief to the nurses who treat patients in the hospital,” said a 2nd year student of BBH School of Nursing. She demanded of Secretary Health Jawad Raffique to pay a surprise visit to the hostels of Allied Hospitals to see under which miserable condition nurses were living.

A senior staff nurse was of view whenever the victim nurses tried to raise their voice against the injustice and bad condition of the hostel, the management used to threat them of dire consequences.

Principal BBH School of Nursing Tasneem Kausar, when contacted by The Nation, was not present in her office. However, her deputy Nayyer while talking to this scribe rebuffed the allegations levelled by the students and staff. She said that three water coolers had been installed in the hostel for provision of clean drinking water, besides taking measures for ensuring hygienic food to staff and nurses.