Ludhiana: Already feeling the pinch of the scorching heat, patients and their attendants at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital have been left high and dry in absence of proper water supply at the hospital.
A fault in the tubewell disturbed the water supply in hospital, forcing patients and visitors to buy packaged water.
Children accompanying patients could be seen walking about with empty water bottles in search of water, as they couldn’t afford to buy packaged water.
“Ironically, we are paying more for water than the treatment. I have bought six bottles of packaged water since Thursday evening, as it’s impossible to remain thirsty,” said Rajwinder Kaur, a patient’s attendant.
Shiv Ram Saroye, head of Ann Jal Sewa Trust, which functions from the hospital, said in absence of proper water supply it was difficult to make food also. “We managed water from outside to help people who are approaching us for cold water,” he added.
Besides the water coolers installed in the hospital hardly work in summer and are also not sufficient for the high number of patients turn up at the hospital.
Though on Friday after many complaints, senior medical officer (SMO) Dr RK Karkara made some temporary arrangements and also called in a water tanker from the municipal corporation. But the water of the tanker was boiling hot, and failed to serve any purpose.
Dr Karkara said, “I myself was engaged the whole day in getting the tubewell repaired, and have asked the department concerned to complete the repair at the earliest. There is a submersible pump in the adjoining new building within the hospital, and I have made water supply arrangement from there too.”
On inadequate water coolers, he said he would check that all installed water coolers worked properly and would request the health department to get more coolers.
The situation is similar at the Civil Surgeon’s office, where visitors come for various jobs, including getting birth and death certificates. But there is no facility of water coolers here.