A slab of the roof of the residential barracks at Sion Hospital collapsed in the wee hours of Monday, injuring a student.
The roof of room 1/2 of T1 barracks gave way at 3am. A serious mishap was averted as only one of the three students who occupy the room was present at the time.
Dr Dhruv Sharma, a second year post graduate student in the radiology department, sustained minor head injuries and trauma in the back and arms.
“I had just finished my call in the department, returned to the room and gone to sleep. Fortunately, my bed was a short distance away from the part of the roof that collapsed,” said Sharma.
The hospital has five old barracks allotted to resident doctors [who are doing their internships] and the hospital staff.
Sharma and the two who stay with him have been temporarily allotted rooms in the new resident medical officer’s hostel, but Sharma is currently recuperating at his Mira Road home.
The incident once again raises concerns about the living conditions in the hostels. Resident doctors have previously complained about the poor maintenance of the hostels and the lack of basic amenities such as drinking water. Also, more than 10 resident doctors had contracted tuberculosis, one of whom succumbed last year.
The hospital administration said it took prompt action and has already repaired the damaged part of the barrack. “We immediately made suitable arrangements for our resident doctors and their room was repaired too. We do have a long-term plan of building a new hostel to accommodate all our resident doctors,” said Dr Avinash Supe dean of Sion Hospital.