Patna: Second Largest Hospital Flooded, Fishes And Insects Seen In The ICU
Heavy showers in Patna for two consecutive days, resulted in the Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH), which is considered as the second largest government hospital in the state capital, flooding with knee-deep water. Patients fear infection due to contaminated water.
On Sunday, July 30, several videos surfaced on social media, in which the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital is seen waterlogged. Even fishes and insects could be seen in the water. The doctors and the nurses at the hospital had to wade through the water to attend to the patients.
— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018
According to the Quint, many patients have claimed that the doctors are not coming frequently to attend the patents in ICU and other waterlogged wards.
Meanwhile, the hospital staff has turned off all the electrical equipment kept in the ICU to avoid any accidents. The hospital authorities claim that they are helpless as waterlogging at the NMCH hospital is an annual problem during the rains.
According to the Hindustan Times, Anand Prasad Singh, superintendent of NMCH said, “We are trying to pump out the water. It will take three hours to pump out all the water. the hospital is in a low-lying area, and that is why we have to suffer every year.”
Singh further said that the ICU patients have been moved to another ICU unit.
The NMCH superintendent also pointed out that the hospital is taking all the necessary measures to pump out the water from the hospital, but he further says that the problem might persist for next few days.
Clearing of logged water underway in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH) in Patna. Water had entered the ICU of the hospital yesterday following heavy rain. pic.twitter.com/eyMvs7jqnn
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Talking about the insets and the fishes in the water, Anand Prasad Singh said that the hospital authorities have sprinkled bleaching powder in the water. He further informed the media that hospital authorities have spoken to the Patna Medical College Hospital for assistance.
“We have given the patients an option to move to Patna Medical College Hospital if they want and we will provide them with an ambulance. We have no other options,” he said.
Mr Singh says that the problem of waterlogging will get solved next year when the hospital will move to a new building.
A few patients fear contamination diseases because of the waterlogging. “See, how the place has turned into a hell. Fish and insects have found their way into the ICU. There could be snakes here too. Patients can turn sicker in this unhygienic condition,” said, an attendant of an ICU patient.
The other hospitals of the area are also waterlogged. According to the Hindu, in a hospital in Rajendra Nagar, Patna, rainwater entered the labour room causing extreme difficulty for patients and doctors. The residence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and a large number of private hospitals in the same neighbourhood were also flooded.
Following the heavy rains in the city, a huge portion of Bailey Road, the main road of Patna, caved in at an under-construction site.
Patna: Road caved in at an under construction site on Bailey Road following water-logging due to drain blockage and heavy rainfall. Traffic movement expected to resume tomorrow. #Bihar pic.twitter.com/JKVEIzmLUH
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who visited the site of the cave-in, said, “I’ve asked officials to check the groundwater level of the area as it is also a part of the metro rail network.”
The Logical Indian take
If big hospitals in the state capital are so prone to waterlogging then one can only imagine the dismal state of healthcare overall. As hospital authorities say that this is an annual occurrence, one wonders why there have been no measures taken against it. Patients in the ICU are already struggling for their lives and amidst fishes, insects and knee-deep water, if they perish, then who should be held responsible?