A modular operation theatre (OT) at the Civil Hospital, set up at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore, is in ‘coma’ since 2011. It’s lying unused because it does not even have the basic facilities such as central gas system and an anaesthesia station.
Apart from the lack of equipment, a wrongly fitted light over the operation table gives very little room to doctors performing a surgery.
Due to the shortcomings, none of the doctors have agreed to operate their patients here and as a result the theatre -- built during the previous BSP regime -- is lying unused since 2011.
Even after the amount of money spent on it, the OT needs more funds, equipment and time before patients can be operated here.
Doctors say without central gas supply, anaesthesia station and adequate equipment there is risk for patients who may be operated here.
“There were practical difficulties inside the theatre that prevented doctors from doing their job in it,” said Dr SK Hasan, chief medical superintendent, Civil Hospital.
During trial in 2011, when a surgeon attempted to bend upon the operating table to check if the height of the table was OK for him to perform a surgery, his head banged with the light fitted right above the table.
An OT light is placed above the operation table to facilitate surgeons with clear vision during an operation. But the space between the table and the light is such that surgeon can’t operate without being hurt.
The health directorate recently sought a proposal for corrective measures in the operating theatre, which was otherwise thought to be ready for operations.
“We have sent a proposal for central gas supply and anaesthesia station in the OT,” said Dr Hasan.
However, this will take some time and a lot of money again. The central gas supply would cost Rs. 25-30 lakh while the modular trolley would require another Rs. 12 lakh.
At present, the civil hospital has five OTs apart from the one being discussed.
Being a modular operating theatre, this was thought to be the best with zero-infection rate in comparison to the others.