A home away from home

New Delhi, 13 Nov:

Denzong Kunga Khangsang (DKK) Bhawan located in the national capital not just houses patients and their caretakers but also gives them support like getting appointments with hospitals.

Since its establishment by the state government in 2010, the bhawan regularly sees visitors arriving from Sikkim and is usually houseful.

In charge and Nurse, Neelam Rasaily, who was also honored by the union government with Florence Nightingale Award for her services says that the rooms are available at very nominal rate of Rs 300 to Rs 75 with dormitory as a free service.

Patients and their visitors can cook their own food in the shared kitchens provided to them

The bhawan is located at Green Park extension, one of the prime residential areas of Delhi near AIIMS and Safdurjung hospitals.

A vehicle is also provided by the government for ailing patients to go to the hospital at specific timings.

"We should be thankful that such a service is being rendered by the state government in a city like Delhi," says NeelamRasaily.

She further adds that relatives and visitors of the patients should also take ownership of the bhawan and maintain strict cleanliness as it is meant for ailing and recovering patients whose immunity and resistance is already very low.

She along with two nurses JuniLepcha and Sarita are helped by some locals who are part of the house keeping team.

They have urged the visitors not to smoke or drink in the rooms or in the vicinity of the bhawan which may have an adverse effect on patients.

Ms Rasaily adds that there have been complaints from neighbours that visitors and relatives accompanying patients smoke, drink and litterin the nearby park.

She further adds that such irresponsible acts can only malign the reputation of the state which has now started getting nationwide recognition in terms of "Swachhta".

The Home department is the concerned authority looking after the bhawan and any patient or their relatives can contact the department to avail the facility.

Patients and their accompanying relative or friend can stay in the bhawan till the treatment process is completely over,she informs.

"I appeal to all residing in the bhawan and future parties coming here to think of it as their own home and stay responsible," she says.