Why is this Jalandhar hospital operating on patients under a torchlight?

Jalandhar: On Sunday, when all transformers around Nijatam Nagar in Jalandhar got burnt, doctors at a civil hospital in the area were forced to operate on patients under a torchlight. Electricity supply of the area was affected from 7.30pm to 11.30pm due to which all medical equipments, including ventilators, at the hospital shut down, putting lives of patients in danger.

The civil hospital, which is also the district hospital of Jalandhar, has been functioning under the risk of electricity being cut off at any time because the health department has not paid the bill for the hotline for the last 2 years.

What’s shocking is that this is not an unusual situation at the hospital.

The civil hospital, which is also the district hospital of Jalandhar, has been functioning under the risk of electricity being cut off at any time because the health department has not paid the bill for the hotline for the last two years, say sources. It is necessary for a hospital to be connected to the electricity hotline. The hotline supplies electricity to the vital institutions for 24 hours a day without interruption. Under this, even if the supply of power in the whole city is affected, it is ensured that institutes connected to the hotline get continuous electricity supply.

Over 4-5 caesarean operations in darkness

Generally, most operations at the hospital are planned during the day because the electrician, who switches on the generator, is available at that time. At night, he has to be called from his home. So, naturally, all emergency operations at night, especially those in the gynaecology department, are performed under a torchlight. Approximately four-five caesarean operations happen every night at the hospital in darkness.

Dr Surinder Pal examines a patient using his mobile phone’s torch on Sunday evening.

Also, the generator is faulty and takes a lot of time to start. Parents of children housed in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have been complaining since the last two years about how their children are left in a vulnerable state when there is no electricity supply. But to no avail.

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