Surgeons, specialist doctors heave a sigh of relief

Authorities of the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), especially surgeons and specialist doctors, can heave a sigh of relief as the government has approved the Rs. 61.6-lakh 110-kV feeder line to this teaching hospital, which would, once implemented, ease the power problem to a great extent.

According to doctors working in the hospital, the express feeder line, after becoming operational, would free the hospitals from frequent power shutdowns, which had become the order of the day in recent times.

The frequent power failures had severely hit medical services.

“The express feeder line sanctioned to the VIMS Hospital will go a long way in providing medical services to patients. One cannot imagine the plight of surgeons when the power goes off in the middle of operations. Although there is a generator, the fluctuation in its output often damages the expensive surgical equipment. Henceforth, all such impediments can be prevented,” Gangadhar Goud, director of VIMS told The Hindu .

As suggested by B.S. Anand Singh, Minister for Tourism and in charge of the district, during one of his visits to the VIMS, a detailed project report for express feeder line was prepared through the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company.

As per the proposed plan, the express feeder line should be drawn from the North Station here.

The State government has also ruled that the work be implemented through the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd.

Sources in the VIMS said that the cost of the express feeder line, which had to be borne by the institution out of its regular grants, would be recovered in just two years as at present, it was spending about Rs. 40 lakh a year on diesel for generator sets.

Vidyadhar Kinhal, principal of VIMS, said that the uninterrupted power supply was most essential for blood bank, operating the dialysis equipment, removing platelets from blood, which was high on demand owing to incidence of dengue cases, and the like.

“To remove platelets, there should be continuous power supply for at least 45 minutes. But, due to frequent power failures, it had become impossible to complete the task in one go. In addition, some surgical equipment in operation theatres, which cost Rs. 3 crore to Rs. 4 crore each, were getting damaged owing to unscheduled power cuts,” he said.

Mr. Goud and Mr. Kinhal complimented Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Mr. Singh, Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas for realising the importance of feeder line and approving the project quickly.

K.S. Eshwarappa, Deputy Chief Minister, laid the foundation stone for the project on Saturday last.

  • ‘Once implemented, it will help us provide

    hassle-free medical services’

  • ‘Expensive operation equipment get damaged when the power suddenly goes off’