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Water crisis leaves patients, doctors gasping at PMCH

Dhanbad, Jharkhand’s coal capital, reels under extreme water crisis every summer. The government hospitals suffer adversely but government refuses to learn from its past errors

ranchi Updated: Apr 17, 2017 19:54 IST
Subhash Mishra
Jharkhand

Attendants of patients taking drinking water from water post located in an insanitary locality of PMCH in Dhanbad on Monday(Bijay/ Hindustan Times)

Dhanbad: Patients, their attendants and doctors are gasping for a drop of drinking water to quench their thirst as unprecedented water crisis that has hit government owned 550- bed hospital of Patliputra Medical College (PMC).

In wake of the crisis, the officials on Monday cut back number of operations while sending an SoS to the municipal corporation for immediate water supply through tankers to meet emergency requirement of hospital.

The Maithon supply line is the lone source of water at PMCH. Whenever the 50 km long supply line gets disturbed, the medical college hospital plunges into a crisis.

PMCH superintendent Dr Kameswar Biswas said, due to non-supply from Maithon water supply project, an unprecedented crisis has hit the hospital. Only emergency operations are being performed“ I have written to the municipal corporation to send tankers immediately to save the situation”, he said.

Patients have been hit hard by the crisis due to lack of water for drinking as well as washroom requirement.

Beside 550 indoor patients, on an average 1500 outdoor patients and same numbers of their attendants attend PMCH outpatient departments from remote areas, including neighbouring Giridih district. Since water ATM and other sources of drinking water have dried up, people can be found roaming the campus in search of hand pumps.

“We are compelled to buy mineral water from outside due to non-availability of water in hospital for last 24 hours”, said Md Ashim, a patient of surgery ward who had been admitted since April 11. Since a majority of admitted patients and their attendants are poor (BPL) they find it difficult to buy water from market.

Not to speak of patients, even doctors on duty are facing the same situation. “ I bring water bottles from my house but it becomes empty in two hours”, said a senior doctor, who did not wish to be named.

However, the superintendent claimed that despite the crisis, patients have not been left to suffer and their requirements are being catered to on priority basis.

Water crisis has also exposed the patients to infection as washrooms on all three floors reportedly are not being washed.