Main operation theatre at the region’s premier hospital — Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh — has been no less than a torture chamber. Air-conditioning (ACs) system inside the main operation theatre (OT) of the PGI is not maintaining the required temperature and forcing doctors to turn on the fans in the afternoons. Moreover, chances of infection increase and aggravate sufferings of patients in the summer months.
A senior consultant from general surgery said, “If you have to work in the OT after 2pm, you are left with no other option but to turn on the fans. The AC is not functioning well since the past some months. This is unsafe and poses a potential threat to patients’ life as infections travel fast from one patient to the other in high temperature.”
President of the PGI Faculty Association Dr TD Yadav confirmed that apart from various other issues pertaining to the OT, including correct-sized operation theatre linen to a separate OT block, they have also conveyed the hospital administration about the poor functioning of the AC system. Earlier, over delay in air conditioning of the PGI’s OPD block, the doctors had turned heat on the PGI engineers. In a recent general body meeting, PGIMER Faculty Association unanimously passed a resolution that till the time OPD air-conditioning is not complete, the AC facility should be withdrawn from the entire engineering department.