Mayurbhanj: In yet another case of medical apathy, doctors at a government hospital in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj treat their patients inside a dark cabin while staff members, along with relatives show light with the help of candles and flashlights. This is due to constant power cuts, low voltage and the absence of generators that the doctors at this government hospital are left with no other option but to dispense medical treatment to patients in a risky manner. Also Read - Odisha: Minor Girl Kidnapped, Gangraped For 22 Days; Two Arrested
“I see 180-200 patients daily. There is an acute power crisis. When patients come, I have to see them, with or without electricity,” Dr. Dhakhina Ranjan Tudu of Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital told ANI. Also Read - Pawsome! Newlywed Couple in Odisha's Bhubaneswar Feeds 500 Stray Dogs to Celebrate Their Wedding
Every day, as many as 200 patients visit the hospital, some even in critical conditions, for treatment, even after running the risk of medical negligence due to unavailability of proper light. Also Read - Heavy Rains Batter Andhra Pradesh, Odisha; People Shifted From Vulnerable Areas
The reason behind the plight of the hospital is lack of availability of proper electricity in the hospital, to which the authorities in the area seem to have turned a deaf ear. The hospital, despite its impoverished condition, continues to function without a transformer.
Owing to the rampant shortage of power, doctors are seen examining and treating patients using flashlights on their mobile phones, as well as candles. This has forced them to appeal to the authorities to deploy adequate power backup in the hospital.
In an earlier incident, a 22-year-old pregnant woman struggled for an hour at a government hospital in Karnataka’s Mandya district. The family claimed there were no doctors present in the hospital when the woman was brought there at around 7.30 AM. They added that even primary health centres in the district were closed. After hours of labour, the local media contacted the Malavalli Taluk Hospital and arranged for an ambulance. The woman delivered a baby boy later in the day.
(With agency inputs)