Sans power & water, patients flee UHM
PATIENTS ADMITTED to UHM hospital are left with no option but to get themselves discharged from the hospital due to indefinite power cuts and inadequate supply of water. Hospital records reveal that in last three days, 68 patients admitted to medicine, burn, orthopedics and surgery wards got themselves discharged without recovering .india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 00:02 IST
PATIENTS ADMITTED to UHM hospital are left with no option but to get themselves discharged from the hospital due to indefinite power cuts and inadequate supply of water. Hospital records reveal that in last three days, 68 patients admitted to medicine, burn, orthopedics and surgery wards got themselves discharged without recovering .
The 400-bed hospital is run with a single generator and that too is switched on just for two hours when senior doctors sit in the Out Patients Department.
Unlike associated hospitals of GSVM Medical College, the UHM hospital has no separate feeder line. But to maintain proper electricity supply, the hospital has a staff of over half-a-dozen electricians .
The worst affected are the patients admitted to orthopedic and burn wards and due to power shortage and non-availability of generator at night, the patients with plasters and burn injuries try to get relief under the sky.
At night, most burn patients are brought outside from the ward by their kin as due to heat several of them are developing infections. Ramdeen, a resident of Bakauli village, who got himself discharged from the hospital on Monday despite a plaster on his fractured right thigh, said, “Forget electricity during the day, there is no power supply at night. If I stay here in the hospital, I will become sick and my fractured leg will never heal up.” When asked how he would consult the doctor treating him, Ramdeen said, “The doctor has told me that after a month my plaster will be removed. So I will stay at home in my village for a month.”
Several other patients, including those suffering from heart ailments and severe burn injuries up to 70% have got themselves discharged from the hospital.
Ironically, many of them have silently moved out of the hospital with letting anyone know about their exit.
Shabnam, a patient with burn injuring who lives in Gwaltoli and sustained burns a month back, said, “There is no electricity and no water in the hospital resulting in infections to my wounds. Therefore my father decided to keep me at home and I am taking medicines here as prescribed by the doctor in the hospital.”
The misery of scores of such patients increases manifold because there is only one generator in the hospital , the biggest district hospital. The water supply of the hospital is through a tubewell and due to lack of a stand-by generator, the electricians can not start the tubewell for water supply in the hospital.
Dayashankar, who was admitted to the hospital due to ulcer in the stomach, silently walked away on Sunday night. Luckily he met this correspondent before fleeing the hospital and said, “I am going home because I have given up all hopes to ever recuperate from my ailment here and you see there is no one, including the nurses, at night who can monitor the exit and entry of patients.”
When director of the UHM hospital Dr SK Srivastava was questioned about the mass exodus of patients due to erratic water and power supply, he said, “It is true that some patients have got themselves discharged from the hospital and if anyone wants to get himself discharged, what can the hospital administration do.”
However, commenting on dismal power and water scenario Dr Srivastava said, “Very soon these problems will be solved and in this regard we are talking with the higher authorities.”