In a glaring example of apathy by the health authorities, the Rohtak civil hospital has been managing with a makeshift operation theatre (OT) for the past eight months.
The makeshift OT, which has three beds in a hall, was set up during the renovation of the hospital last year, but same arrangement continues even as eight months have passed since then.
Though a new OT has been constructed in the hospital, it is yet to get a certificate from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. The new OT will have some latest equipment, but it still has some minor pending works.
One of the surgeons of the hospital, on condition of anonymity, said, "Every day, we conduct 10 surgeries and there is a huge rush of patients in the hospital, but we don't know when the new OT will be made operational. We are facing difficulties during surgery as the air-conditioners are not in working condition. Also, there is no electricity back-up".
Besides, the OT for eye surgeries has been shifted to the new building and the eye surgeons also complain that ACs of the new building are not functional yet and doctors and patients face difficulties during operations as the weather is hotting up.
Civil Surgeon Shiv Kumar said, "Though the new OT is ready, some final touches are pending. We are hopeful these will be completed soon as we have raised the issue with the higher authorities and they have assured us that the matter will be resolved soon".
Dr Ramesh, who is dealing with the maintenance work of the hospital, said, "The shifting of the OT in the new building may take some more time as the matter is pending with the higher authorities in the health department at Chandigarh. However, we are making arrangements to ensure all facilities at the makeshift OT. We have recently installed inverters to ensure emergency electricity back-up".