The medical services at labour ward of Gandhi Hospital took a hit on Wednesday after a routine inspection detected that the walls of the labour ward rooms were infected with tetanus bacteria. The hospital authorities had to shut down the labour ward and shift patients to makeshift wards in other departments.

“We regularly conduct inspection for any kind of infection. During a similar inspection, it was found that the walls of the ward have been infected by tetanus bacteria. We have to fumigate the labour ward and it will take two-weeks more for the labour room to become infection free. Till then we have done some alternative arrangements in our hospitals,” Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, Dr. S. M. Mahboob said.

The hospital authorities have requested the 108 ambulance service, which transport pregnant women from districts to Gandhi Hospital, to divert such cases to other tertiary hospitals such as Niloufer Hospital.

“Women from Hyderabad will be provided all facilities. The original labour ward had ten beds and that’s why there is a space problem. That’s why, for a while, pregnant women have to be diverted to other hospitals such as Niloufer,” Dr. Mahboob said.

The Gandhi Hospital authorities said that efforts are on to restore all the services of a labour ward in the makeshift wards. “No pregnant women who come directly to Gandhi Hospital will be sent back,” Dr. Mahboob assured.