In a distressing turn of events, a government hospital in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district has been grappling with a five-day-long power outage, rendering it incapable of providing adequate medical care. The dire situation unfolded following a fire caused by a short-circuit, leaving the hospital in darkness and forcing doctors to treat injured patients using the flashlights on their phones. This unfortunate incident occurred in the wake of a tragic collision between a truck and a bus in Kilepal, resulting in two fatalities and 18 injuries. This article delves into the details of the incident, the challenges faced by the hospital, and the demand for accountability from the concerned authorities.
On a fateful Friday evening, a collision between a truck and a bus in Kilepal led to the loss of two lives and left 18 individuals injured. In the immediate aftermath, the injured were rushed to the nearest government hospital, only to discover upon arrival that the facility had been without power for five consecutive days.
With the hospital plunged into darkness due to the power outage, doctors were compelled to treat the injured under the illumination of their phone’s flashlights. This challenging situation posed significant hurdles in providing proper medical care, especially for those in critical condition. As a result, some of the injured patients had to be transferred to Dimarapal Medical College for more advanced treatment.
Adding to the woes, the hospital’s ambulance failed to reach the accident site, despite being summoned. In a display of community support, the injured were transported to the hospital in the vehicles of local MLA Rajman Benjamin and the Tehsildar of Bastanar village. This incident has prompted outrage among the families of the injured passengers, who are demanding strict action against the responsible officials for the hospital’s state of disrepair and the delayed response.
The hospital in question serves as a vital healthcare institution for the entire Bastanar block and the neighboring villages. Its malfunction due to the prolonged power outage has not only highlighted the deficiencies in the healthcare system but also raised concerns about the well-being of the local population.
MLA Rajman Benjamin has taken immediate action by instructing the electricity department to arrange alternative power sources and address all issues at the hospital promptly. Meanwhile, the PWD’s Electrical Engineering Department official, Ajay Kumar Temburne, stated that initial repairs were conducted following the short-circuit incident.
Dr. Arijit Chaudhary, the Block Medical Officer of the area, disclosed that a request for repairs had been submitted to the electricity department a month prior. The request also highlighted the risk of short circuits due to dampness on the walls caused by rain. Dr. Chaudhary has now escalated the matter by writing to higher departmental officials, urging them to provide a generator for the hospital.
The power outage was a result of a fire caused by a short-circuit in the hospital.
Doctors had to treat injured patients using the flashlights on their phones due to the lack of electricity.
MLA Rajman Benjamin has directed the electricity department to arrange alternative power sources and address the hospital’s issues promptly. Additionally, a request has been made for a generator for the hospital.