What happens when men in uniform go beyond their call of duty?
A Government hospital with bacteria-infected mattresses, rickety doors and windows and an unairconditioned burns ward gets a complete makeover!
According to a New Indian Express report, the Chittoor Police revamped the neglected Chittoor Government General Hospital to bring it on par with the appearance of a corporate hospital!
Apart from giving it some fresh paint, the cops got together to build granite pathways and plant saplings in open areas.
From replacing bacteria infested mattresses to buying clean new sheets, improving ventilation in the wards, repairing rickety doors and windows and installing mosquito meshes – the cops did it all!
The government hospital burns ward was also fitted with the much-needed air-conditioning!
Undertaken as part of the police department’s project to improve hygiene, the total cost of transforming the hospital was a whopping Rs 50 lakh!
While the cops shelled money from their own pockets and also helped in the construction, they were fortunate to receive help in kind and cash from a few good Samaritans.
Also, an individual effort was taken by the uniformed personnel to set up a Charity Wall in the hospital premises.
The idea of this Charity Wall is to encourage people to leave medicines, surgical items and other day-to-day essentials like clothes, footwear, eatables, etc. to help underprivileged patients seeking care at the hospital.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, District Superintendent of Police, SV Rajasekhar Babu, who mobilised efforts for 50 days to execute the project successfully, said, “It is intended to encourage visitors to the hospital to donate generously.”
It is also important to mention that while Rajasekhar Babu guided the humanitarian project, DSP Subbarao coordinated efforts on the ground with the circle inspectors and ensured the project reached its culmination.
The SP requested the general public to leave their donations at the Charity Wall and asked them to keep the police personnel informed of any leftover food at a wedding or other social functions. This food, he said will be distributed among the poor patients and their caregivers.
“Since the Charity Wall came, several police officers have chosen this as a venue for the celebration of events like birthdays, cradle ceremonies, etc., so that some food can be served to the patients and their relatives at the hospital,” the SP told the publication.
The department has put cops in charge at the hospital to ensure the donated food is distributed equitably among the patients.
The Chittoor Police kickstarted the project in September and completed it in less than two months. Though the administration and management of the transformed hospital have been given to Apollo Hospitals by the government, the cops continue to keep guard at the Charity Wall.
We salute the Chittoor police for their selfless efforts. Like they say – Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear khaki uniforms too!
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)