Two different incidents at two state-run hospitals gave yet another picture of mismanagement at government facilities. While an AIDS patient died at the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) under mysterious circumstances, a two-hour power cut at Shambhunath Pandit Hospital left patients and relatives in utter discomfort.
A 46-year-old AIDS patient undergoing anti-retroviral treatment for the past few months was found dead under the hospital bed. His body was covered in blood and there were blade marks all over the body. Police officers of Bowbazar police station said it can be a case of suicide; however, they are yet to confirm the cause of death.
“The police are enquiring into the death, but we cannot confirm the cause of death. He was suffering from depression,” said Nandita Basu, director of STM.
A two hour-long power cut at Shambhunath Pandit Hospital on Thursday morning left a number of patients at the outdoor department and a few other wards gasping for breath in the sultry heat.
“A few laparoscopic surgeries had to be put on hold for some time from 11am, but after 12.30 pm things returned to normal. We did not receive any complaints from any of the patients, they were very cooperative,” said Dr Soumabha Datta, hospital superintendent.
However, the relatives of patients in front of the JD Block could not contain their anguish. “My ailing mother is admitted with a kidney problem, she already has a breathing problem. When the power went off in the ward, she was suffering from breathlessness,” said Debasish Dey, a resident of the Baidyabati area. He added, “I don’t know how such a big hospital is running without a power back-up system.”