When first pre-monsoon showers and thunderstorm hit Bhopal on Tuesday, JP Hospital, the district hospital of the state capital, also faced power cut for over two hours like residential and commercial areas. A day preceding that, a patient, who had already been given anaesthesia for surgery, remained in that state for over two hours as power supply went off.
JP Hospital, which of late is being referred to as model hospital, does have a generator which was purchased a couple of years ago. It is in working condition too but despite repeated requests, the public works department (PWD) has shown no interest in connecting it with various wards of the hospital.
Approximately Rs 13,00,000 was sanctioned to PWD in September, 2012 for laying new cables so that the newly purchased generator could be connected to the wards but it didn't move the officials of PWD into ordering the laying of cables.
In-charge superintendent, JP Hospital, Dr AB Singh said earlier the electricity supply through generator was possible in the event of power cut but a few months ago, the cable ruptured leading to complication in electricity supply through generator. We have been requesting PWD to lay new cables and have sanctioned an amount of Rs 13 lakh for the purpose too but they have not done anything in that regard. Now, the hospital administration has decided to meet divisional commissioner SB Singh on this issue and the problem would be sorted out soon.
Many surgeries were delayed at JP Hospital in the past few months because of power cuts and no alternative arrangement of electricity supply.
Santosh Kumar, 31, whose father was undergoing treatment in the old intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital, said his father was suffering from severe chest pain because of which doctors admitted him in the ICU. He said power cuts in the hospital are common. He said for the past two days, the climate has become pleasant and the wards are cool. However, when temperature was high, it was almost impossible to stay inside the ward when power failed, he added.
The generator of Kailash Nath Katju Hospital is also not in working condition. It is not working for years and is also insufficient for the entire hospital.