Patients wait for 24×7 power supply in government hospitals -
Patients wait for 24×7 power supply in government hospitals
Posted 29 May 2018 03:57 PM

With mercury touching 43 degree Celsius, the patients admitted in different wards of Government Medical College Hospital here are bearing the sweltering heat conditions in absence of 24×7 electricity.
In some cases, attendants of admitted relatives spend hours together using alternate means to ensure welfare of their patients.
On Monday, as the power supply went off in the premier hospital, the patients were seen struggling to combat intense heat wave conditions. To extend relief to their patients, several attendants were seen using hand-made fans and traditional means.
On their part, the hospital management claimed that though power supply falls under essential services yet ensuring 24×7 the supply in these weather conditions is a big challenge.
The internal wiring and other power infrastructure in the hospital is in bad shape which quite often breaks down the supply to the wards in the GMC. The patients complained that special lines have been provided in the administrative block and offices of senior doctors while several wards remain dependent on regular power supply. Even poor voltage leads to worst conditions in the wards during peak hours, they alleged.
The situation is no different across other associated hospitals where patients continue to suffer in isolation. Some of the OPDs remain flooded with patients and in the absence of power supply it becomes difficult for consultants to examine them thoroughly.
Even senior doctors sometimes remain stranded for long hours in the absence of electricity. While laboratories have adequate back up, the general wards are the worst hit. The intensive care units get top priority in case of curtailment as critically ill patients are admitted. Secondly, to ensure round the clock supply to emergency theatres and other departments such as surgery, burn ward, ICU, dialysis unit remain priority for hospital authorities and they tend to accommodate these wards on priority in times of crisis.

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