Jamshedpur, Aug. 5: Heavy rains that lashed the city on Friday morning, left patients undergoing treatment at burn care unit of MGM Medical College and Hospital today in an awkward situation.
Gushing rain water entered through an opening in the back side of the unit brought filled the area with mud, leading the floor up to knee-deep. It forced the patients and their attendants to remain confined to their bed for a long time in the morning.
Concerned over the situation of the burn patients, the medical college hospital management in the afternoon shifted all the nine patients to another ward located in the newly-constructed six-storied hospital complex as a temporary arrangement. After getting shifted to the new ward at about 1 pm, the patients heaved a sigh of relief.
“We were shocked to see rain water gushing inside. I was shocked to look at the floor which was inundated with muddy water. I was forced to remain confined to bed. I could not go to bathroom,” said Suresh Mahto (36), who had sustained burns in his hands also in the legs at a domestic fire mishap. He said that only in afternoon when the water level started to recede, the hospital authority started shifting them to the under-construction building adjoining the existing burn care unit.
Another patient said that the premises were flooded with wtaer. A resident of Mango said was water everywhere. The condition at the hospital is pitiable and they are concerned of their health.
The nine burn patients who were shifted to the new hospital block included six women patients, but none of them was in a life-threatening condition.
Superintendent, MGM medical College and Hospital, Vijay Shankar Das confirmed about the burn care unit getting inundated with the rain water.
“Due to heavy rains the water entered the floor. Moreover, the floor level of the burn care unit has come down due to the construction of a new six-storied hospital block adjoining to it. Not only the level of the burn care unit came down, but also the drainage system connecting to it has also damaged completely due to the new construction. This was the reason that the rain water entered into the burn care unit so much so that it inundated the floor,” Das said.
“In view of the emergency situation at the existing burn care unit, we shifted all the nine patients to the new burn care unit as a temporary arrangement. The new unit has also all the necessary facilities, including the air-conditioners,” said the superintendent.
The MGM Medical College and Hospital has a footfall of over 200 patients on an average in its Out Patients Departments (OPD) every day. It has a capacity 520 beds. The state government run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital is an Indian medical school established in 1964.