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Power failure cripples services at general hospital

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An attendant helps patients with manual devices during the power failure at the general hospital in Kurnool on Wednesday.- PHOTO: U. SUBRAMANYAM
An attendant helps patients with manual devices during the power failure at the general hospital in Kurnool on Wednesday.- PHOTO: U. SUBRAMANYAM

Frequent power failures have crippled services in the general hospital in the last few days. Most of the wards have no alternative power back-up, as a result of which, patients had to undergo extreme hardship.

Emergency wards like casualty, cardiology, paediatric, and gynaecology require power supply round the clock.

The hospital admits around 1,500 persons as in-patients every day but the number has come down to 930 due to the strike.

Some of the critical departments had generator backup but the heads of departments expressed concern that if the failure persisted for a longer time, the backup would not be sufficient.

The doctors in cardiology said the attendants of patients were given orientation about how to run the ventilator manually in case of power failure. Several surgeries had to be put off due to the erratic power supply.

Meanwhile, attendants and patients complained of water shortage on the campus. They were forced to fetch water bottles to overcome the problem.


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