Ambedkar hospital shut for fourth day

With no electricity, hospital suspends its services.


Sonal Matharu | August 10, 2010

All services at Delhi government-run Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital stayed suspended for the fourth day today as the transformer which caught fire on Friday hasn’t been repaired yet.

Patients had to travel to nearby hospitals for treatment as no cards were issued at the out-patient department (OPD). They were being shoved out of the hospital by private security guards deployed in the premises and many critical cases were shifted to the nearby hospitals in ambulances.

“I have come here for my one-year-old child’s check-up but they are not making the OPD card even though there are doctors in the hospital,” said Anita, who was waiting at the OPD.

The hospital’s emergency department was also shut after 12 noon, once electricity through generator was stopped.

Hospital’s medical superintendent Dr V M Agarwal said that patients for planned surgery are not being admitted till all the faults in the electricity connection are repaired.

“The emergency cases at the hospital are stabilised and transferred to the other hospitals in the area like Sanjay Gandhi Cancer Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Hospital, Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital and Lok Nayak Hospital among others, depending upon the severity of the disease. Hopefully, the repair work will complete by tonight and the hospital services will revive tomorrow,” said Agarwal.

The hospital’s stock at the blood bank and the medicines which need to be kept in cold-storage were transferred to the nearby hospital on Friday itself to prevent them from getting spoiled, he added.



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