Health Travelogue

My Journey to AIIMS Bhubaneswar, October 2019

Bhubaneswar AIIMS is the second oldest AIIMS of India after most reputed AIIMS Delhi. Now, there have been many people reaching to it from neighboring states such as West Bengal, and people from far and wide of the state of Odisha and enjoy the fruitfulness of cheaper medical advantages straight from central government of India. Me and daddy reach out to there but strategic advantages needs to be taken and for this prior to reaching Bhubaneswar, we have to make some strategic decision making.

Applying for Holiday Home:

In order to have well-defined reaching comfortable journey of treatment we reached to holiday home for two days so that on the first day we could be reaching there with super comfort and for this we reach to Bhubaneswar for one day, and then reach to head office where we need to reach to holiday home registration office and we provide them the letter and wait for the day of approval hence forth. We need to wait for some day to reach the letter of approval as according to the new rules only maximum three days of holiday home is there for to approve, and we apply for two days so that e could do this with ease of treatment at AIIMS.

So first construction of have two days of holiday home so that the tiredness of staying of row in AIIMS could heal for some time. We are waiting for approval letter and then the next preparation would start. When we reach to Bhubaneswar, at that day there have been incessant rain through out, and the entire route was full of water and it has becomes so much of water in the roads and walking through the road becomes extremely difficult to walk upon and it becomes very difficult to move in that water.

In the route to head office where we have to give the holiday home slip for approval, and the entire route is full of water and in the route towards AG Square there is no shared auto is there. One shared auto is there but he said he would go towards the route of Acharya Vihar in stead of AG Square. During that time for ours luck three person reach and they also want to reach to AG Square and we reach into the share auto and we reach at the entrance of head office and now it is becoming extremely difficult to move few meters towards head office.

Now, we cannot run with high speed towards few meters of the head office, as the rain is pouring with high speed and the cement structure and when we reach out with high speed we can slip on to it so we have to move with definitely care and precision. So, it has been we have to work with in these difficult times, but we are glad that we provide holiday home slip to actual person so that, we anticipate, the approval in the days to come.

Time spending tips at Bhubaneswar:

Now, the train to Puri is at 4 pm and we have over 3 hours to spend. So, rain has stopped and at the head office one cannot stay for more time if you have no work at there. So, we decide to move to Big Bazar for some time so that we can stay there for at least for an hour and then we can stay there with air condition for some time. After reaching there we find that the place of seating arrangement inside Big Bazar is not there and now there is handful of seats and that were occupied. So, we move towards lift and then we move to first floor and then there are few seats there just nearer to life and we wait for there for sometime.

After completing one hour we move to Saheed Nagar and there two malls are there one is Central Mall and we move into there and it is of three to four floor and each of items are there of higher costs and most of these are branded products and then we move here and there for over 45 minutes, and in another mall nearer to central shopping mall and then time is to eat food and while moving here and there, we see there are Biriyani but eating biriyani while on tour is not a good option as one can find the digestive problems if we eat those and for this we search for good valued vegetarian food especially that of boiled rice meal.

Due to the proximity of Utkal University and Rama Devi Women’s college most of these shops are of low cost shop but the quality of foods might not suit for ours age and for this we decide to search for a better shop for foods. In that nearby arena of of Shaheed Nagar and Durga Mandap we do find one temple of Goddess where the prasad is there and for 60 rupees we find good food and that suit ours daily diet the most and with 60 rupees one additional 10 rupees we do get one additional curry and the entire food is very nice and the presence of boiled rice and nicely cooked food do provide some of the most required and nice diet so that we can get back to our home at appropriate time when the time of the train is 4 pm.

Now to Bhubaneswar Railway Station:

The rain has stopped now and the water deposited on the road is now completely gone due to good drainage system in capital. We reached at Bhubaneswar railway station to have the train at 4 pm. I reached to customer inquiry counter and asked about Puri train and sadly due to heavy rain the train are late for more than two hours and this means we have to wait for more than two hours and then reaching at home could be up to ten pm and still we are not sure whether the train will come at two hours late or more than that. Nearer to railway station there is master canteen city bus stand and the buses run nearer towns of capital such as Puri, Khurda and Bhubaneswar and the reasons inside capital.

Earlier times two types of buses were running from master canteen bus stand to Puri the one is of non-ac bus and the other ones are air conditioned buses. In non ac bus the fare to Puri is that of 45 rupees and in ac bus the fare to Puri is that of 110 rupees and the entire route is non stop and the route goes through new Bhubaneswar to Puri route. So, one air condition bus was standing there and it was half full. We seat at the half way seats and wait for bus to begin its journey to Puri. The ac was working good and with outside cool it was more cooler inside and the speed of the bus is nice and good and we reached at Puri less than two hours.

The bus reached at Puri bus stand situated at Gundicha Temple and then we took shared auto to reach at home and the first phase of journey is now over. Now we have to wait for the receipt of holiday home to reach at ours address and then move to AIIMs on that day. We can walk across the road to reach at home from Puri bus stand but the road was full of water and it is almost impossible to go across and reach to the point where we could walk with ease through these roads and for this daddy told the auto driver that he would pay twenty rupees more to move through the road which reached to ours house and he obliged and we just bunked large water which was deposited in the hospital square as the result of heavy rain.

Ultimately we find that this is the difference between Puri and Bhubaneswar, where at the later the water removes as soon as the rain stopped and in the former the water stays after rain and it has to be manually moved out and removed with the help of machines. Now, we have to wait for the correspondence of hoiliday home to reach to us and then we will plan to go to AIIMS in accordance with it.

Finally the letter reached and plan to go to AIIMS begins:

Some days passed and then the post man rings the calling bell and provide the envelope and it was of approval of holiday home which we have been waiting anxiously to reach so that we can have comfortable AIIMS treatment. As we are about to reach to Bhubaneswar from Puri we need to take some rest time and that is why we have two days of holiday home approval and in the first day we would be reaching there and take rest and from the second day onward we can go for treatment. We go with Dhaulli Express and daddy have senior citizen concession and this concession on railway ticket comes up with express and super fast train. The amount of concession is higher of senior citizen female as compared with senior citizen male counterpart in railway tickets.

While doing ticket do tell at the counter that you will have one senior citizen concession ticket and it does not work with passenger tickets as it only works with express and super fast ticket, as this is the most important part one need to remember. So ticket is done and now move to Dhaulli train which runs from Puri to Howrah daily and it is a super-fast train and for this we both have in total 95 rupees after concession.

We reached at the railway station, and the train was standing and we seat at the seat and the train runs within its stipulated time and within one hour we reach at Bhubaneswar railway station. Dhaulli express stops at Khurda Road, and the speed of the train is quite fast. Due to high cost of this train the number of passenger going to reduce and the journey is comfortable and super fast. Mummy had given foods so after reaching there is no need to go for lunch so that w can take appropriate resting so that afterwards we can rejuventate ourselves for AIIMS journey.

After reaching at capital we go to the local bus stand at master canteen and we need to get down at Delta square and for this we need to ride into local bus stand and we get on it with master canteen bust stand and then at the government bus which is known as Mo Bus, and that is government bus and here there is discount for senior citizen and the cost of ticket is of half but if you go with private bus then you will not have senior citizen concession ticket. Generally, the bus en-route to AIIMS goes through the route of Delta and we climbed down from the bus. In the square there is hardly any distance and at that square one auto driver touched daddy to stop him, and daddy was angry at him for touching him and many a times the auto drivers used to touch passengers and irritate them.

With the advent of large number of autos and with the advent of government buses the prices of autos comes into bare minimum and they are now desperate for passengers which for sure they are not getting in large numbers. That is why they are desperate for passengers. From Delta square to holiday home is a walk able distance. We reached at the holiday home and aftermath of Fani cyclone the hoarding of holiday home fly and then it was restored to the garage and still it was not placed at the hoarding and the new persons reaching to holiday home can have difficult times as the hoarding was not there. We have been there for number of times so we reached at the holiday home on-time.

Holiday Home after Fani Super-Cyclone:

It was room number 6 at the first floor and have the attached bath room and air condition was working perfect. After Fani the cable connectivity in all over these affected areas have gone array and this also affects holiday home too and the television is not working I mean the cable connectivity is not there. That is no issue at all considering that, in today’s time we are living in the world of faster internet and 4G connectivity and speed of internet is nice and that can run internet television and that is why television channels not working is not an issue at all.

In today’s changing circumstances now the charge of holiday home is not in the hands of award staffs instead it is now privatized and one event management company is taking the responsibility of it and for this there are some changes to it as the exhaust fan inside bath room is not there and the geyser is not working and the shower tap is stubborn but it is still not working but still thank Lord the air condition is working and that is the most precious part of it.

Mummy had given the food so eating supper and dinner is not a problem at all and we will reach to AIIMS tomorrow and have to be have the appointment with Dentist and Eye doctors. In the evening we move out to outside to see what are changes still to date as we are reaching holiday home after two to three years. We saw, there are some shops and the two tiffin shops at the left side of road has been removed and now they are not there but at the right side we see plenty of small shops which are selling foods.

Now, there are three shops which provides meals and then at the footpaths chat shop, soup shops, gupchup shops, small tiffin shops, shops with sweet stall which is selling cheese cakes, cheese and other milk items. Notable is that cost of 250 grams of cheese is 45 rupees where as in my native city the cost of 250 gram is 25 rupees and there is vast difference of price of cheese is there. But daddy said the quality of cheese here is of exceptional one as there is no water inside cheese here.

We walk by the side of road and move with care and now there is the path for manual cycles and there is foot path but most of spaces of footpath is overtaken by smaller shops so it is very difficult to walk within foot paths. We reached at the market but it was Thurs day and the market was closed and we that is why came back empty handed from there. We reached at the holiday home and I charged both of ours phone so that it will be fully charged after it and tomorrow will be the hectic day I know for sure. We have to stay in the row and then wait for the doctors and so on and I will write in detail about my experience to let you know and have the clear cut idea about it.

In the mean time at one side of footpath, there is the installation of e-toilet with automatic waste management and the cost of using it zero paise and with it comes up the one side of India where it is evident that we are progressing and moving towards the state of rich and developed countries where many such freebies or nearer freebies we can find from the front of government all over at each facets of life. The five rupees meal of rice, dalma and achar given at different locations is the testimony of how India is slowly changing towards absolute growth proves just worth of it.

The beginning of the day at AIIMS:

We set the mobile alarm to five am and I got up first and finish chores and then at 6 am I woke up daddy and he finished chores within minutes and daddy generally very fast in finishing his chores and at about 6.30 am we come out and take an auto to AIIMS which costs about 100 rupees from Delta square. Generally, by reaching to Delta square one can easily get the government bus without any difficulties but we want to reach earlier at AIIMS and that is why we do not want to waste any minute and that is why we took auto and go straight to Delta Square.

We reached at AIIMS after three to four years. The en route to AIIMS is now full of houses and now the locality does not feel like an isolated place as there are many houses and office in and around in these location. Now, there are permanent government local bus stand and some distance away the private bus stand and one need not have to wait forever for bus to reach as there is at least one bus is there for always. In the year 2014, there is difficulties of getting town bus in return to Bhubaneswar, and now in this time, the town bus is there in plenty and to and fro from Bhubaneswar is there so now there is no communication problem from Bhubaneswar to AIIMS.

Now, we enter into AIIMS first we search for whether old patients can go directly to doctors or need to stand in the row in order to have in ticket which costs 10 rupees and need to have Adhar card so that registration to be complete. Now, there is a law, that every patient is new, and only one ticket costs for 10 rupees, and it goes for seven days and after seven days one need to buy a new ticket and for this one stays in the row, and those rows are of long rows and it starts from 8am. If you register with online then yours row starts from 7.30 am but from ours location, after many times, still we could not register one line so we had to stand in the row.

The trespasser:

Thankfully, there is one senior citizen row and that is shorter and with due course of time, daddy reached at the ticket main counter within some minutes. In that row there are people standing those who are not senior citizens and when they reach at the beginning of the row the person in the counter asked them to move out from it as they are not senior citizens and they cannot stand in those locations. Stupidly those people requesting the person inside counter to do this but he denied.

In the mean time at another row where I was standing it was a long row and we have to stand for longer hours due to magnitude of the row. One person from no where come and try to stand just before me forcibly but I could not allow him and then in front of me one person was standing and he stood in front of him and that person told him to move out from there but he does not and keep arguing him and keep scolding him as it was his strategy to stand in the middle of the ques.

Then, I call the security person who was standing at the some distance and he reached and then he asked the nearby persons whether that person was standing in the row or not and all denied about it and ultimately security moved him out of the row and entire matter is now completely resolved.

The row for getting tickets into appointment was huge and one need to stand with absolute patience as sometimes one would find it an non-ending trail but ultimately you will find it and yours turn will come at some point of time. Be aware of trespassers who tried hard to intrude into row and go for short cut so stand in coherent with each other so that no one would wish to enter into row by jumping from nowhere.

The eye department was at the first floor and I have to reach there and then gave the ticket to the attendant there. Attendant gave it to the security and then he put 51 number on my ticket and then asked me to stay at the waiting hall which is just beside the eye department and then wait for the call as well as in the glass door from time to time he is providing the number and the patient then goes to him and then he provides the ticket and the room number to reach to doctor.
On one side a separate department for eyes and on the other side of the big room another separate department for ENT. The number calling of eye department was good but suddenly after the calling of number of 25 then for about one hour no calling and I have to wait for longer hours and it was a bit irritating but still I do find that it is worth waiting for considering the status of hospital and this should make some comfortable.
On the other hand, the other side of the room where the office of the ENT there the number calling is faster enough but due to advent of almost 11 persons at eye segment where they would be admitted into hospital, and for this for general patient have to wait for over one hour and the entire room is filled with chairs and I have to wait for some time, as then the counting begins again. Then number calling begins again, and after almost one hour the number calling began and then the security said to go to one room number and from there the row begins.

In that room there are two doctors and they are treating patients one by one and then after some time my turn come and after seeing and examining my eye they told me to go to another room where comprehensive machine investigation to be taken into and there also we have to stand in the row and from time to time someone is trying hard to go at the start of the row. Within few minutes such as 20 to 30 minutes my turn came up. Inside that room there is one big machine and two doctors are there.

One doctor show me the number plate where the letters are written are there and the doctor asked me to read those letters, and then asked me to read with one device in front of eyes and then asked me to read and then asked me to seat in front of one machine where another row on need to stand in front of it, and then my turn came and then in the machine inside it one need to see the long standing image inside of it and then doctor see it from another side and then I have to place my chin on it and then the eye-doctor from another side of the machine and then the doctor asked me to go to the first room where the first investigation was done and after it I have to stand in the row and then the turn of mine came.

It was almost half past one hour and it is almost lunch time but the doctor was kind enough to see my report and then provide the recommendations of it, and then after almost five hours, my journey towards eye test ends and it is time to return to holiday home. At the other side of the AIIMS now there is canteen and there are two types of canteen one is for small breakfast and the other is for lunches. At the breakfast side the vegetarian petties which costs 24 rupees which is of big quantity and the size of the petties for the first time I saw the size is of rectangular which normally that of triangular shape.

The amount of food stuffs that are inside of it is of high quality and plenty of food stuffs are inside it and it provides almost full bowl and this makes increase of respect for AIIMS and for central government and then it is time for us to move to lunch and in it for the non-vegetarian we have to pay for 60 rupees and for the vegetarians it is 40 or 50 rupees as I could not remember it correctly. And both of these meals are of delicious quality and to ours utter surprise we could also get the vegetarian curry even after eating non-vegetarian curry.

The hotel is of self-service, and it is one of best place to ear. Five years back the hotels are outside AIIMS the locals opened these shops but those are of not so good food and those are for compulsions one of those foods, but now we could see presence of AIIMS food and now the food items are good and it is not so difficult to find it.

Daddy, showed his teeth to dentist inside AIIMS and the dentist told daddy that only removal of tooth is possible, not strengthening of teeth is possible at AIIMS so we decided to move to Sum Hospital so that strengthening of teeth especially the from teeth could be possible as at AIIMS only removal of teeth is given an option which is not right according to us.

So, teeth management is not possible at AIIMS only removal of teeth is there so we decided to find out that in the next time we would go to Sum hospital for treatment of front teeth and in order to bind those teeth and make it stronger.

No glass or spectacles measurement is there, at AIIMS and they only go for treatment of eye-diseases and they do not go for spectacle recommendations. So eye patients who go for treatment of eyes can go to AIIMS but patient who wish for spectacles should not go for, as doctors do not recommend spectacles.

Similarly, at dentist also for teeth strengthening, AIIMS Bhubaneswar is not a good idea as they only removed teeth and one should know all of these before, reaching for treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

If you want to reach to AIIMS for spectacle of eye then you should not go there and it is for treatment of eye and its related diseases and so for it you should go if you have such related diseases of eyes. Similarly, for treatment of teeth you should not go there as they can remove teeth and instead go to other hospital where you can treat teeth instead of removing teeth all total.

One thing to remember is that once teeth is removed it cannot grow so it is important to treat teeth with due care so that you should not remove teeth for the sake of removing pain out of it and for this it is important to treat teeth and not remove all at once and that is why you should choose hospital appropriately.

it is important to remember that no hospital is self-sufficient how much the reputation of the reputation of the hospital is. It is important to choose your hospital and its related treatment carefully and then goes for the treatment about it. It is important to learn about the treatment, and then goes with it.

After completion of treatment, we moved out from AIIMS, and at the entrance now on one side government bus stand and shade of government bus stand, and one bus stays and after another bus comes the resting bus then goes from it and then and it is a complete change from the times of four to five years where one need to stand for some time and even for one hour under the scotching heat and during those times, one bus came after another hour or so and now everything is changed.

There is also private bus stand and in this way reaching out from AIIMS is not a problem at all. In this article I tried to write what I observe from such changes as well as the procedure I personally see and observe about it and when some one reach to AIIMS Bhubaneswar then he should observe such developments and one need to remember is that is is a continuous development project and one can observe after one or more years more and more development can continue to happen.