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Needs attention: Power cut has affected the functioning of the speciality ward at the Government Hospital in Erode.
Needs attention: Power cut has affected the functioning of the speciality ward at the Government Hospital in Erode.

Karthik Madhavan

ERODE: Speciality ward at the Government Hospital in Erode has been hit by power cuts, resulting in loss of time in treating patients and under-utilisation of machines.

The ward, managed by the Erode Blood Donors’ Club under the Patient Welfare Society’s guidance, houses two dialyses machines and an endoscope. The machines, each costing Rs. 5.5 lakh, were donated by SKM Group of Companies and Sakthi Masala. The endoscope, worth Rs. 9 lakh, is a gift from the Chennai Silks Group.

The three have been placed in a separate ward, in the Joint Director of Health Services complex on the Hospital premises. The Erode Blood Donors’ Club bears the speciality ward’s day-to-day expenditure, including payment of salary for technical staff, and offers the services free of cost to the patients.

The result of the free service is that patients from as far as Pallapatti in Dindigul district make use of the facility, says S. Venkittusamy, administrative officer, Erode Blood Donors’ Club. Since the launch of the facility in March 2008, 338 patients have availed of the dialyses facility, and 154 of the endoscope facility.

A patient undergoing dialysis has to go through a four-hour process, for which continuous power supply is a must. The non-stop power supply is essential for the reverse osmosis plant facility as well. Reverse osmosis is an integral part of the dialyses set up. At the speciality ward, six patients can undergo dialyses a day. And, until recently six patients were undergoing treatment.

But now, because of the power cuts, the speciality ward is able to offer dialyses to only two patients, as it is operational for only one shift a day. For the rest of the day, the machines remain idle.

R. Balasubramanian of Consumer Protection Council and a brain behind the Patient Welfare Society operations says the power cuts have curtailed the operations of the speciality ward. He wants the TNEB to provide uninterrupted power supply to the ward.

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