In yet another glaring instance that has exposed the sordid facet of the health care services in Odisha, doctors in Angul District Headquarters Hospital were seen dispensing medical treatment to patients using mobile flashlights.
According to reports, a youth, who met with a road accident near Mahidharpur Square under Banarpal block, had to be admitted to the main hospital for immediate trauma care. But doctors attending to the wounded patient were forced to treat him using mobile flashlight due to the improper electric supply in the dressing room.
Locals alleged that the lackadaisical attitude of the medical authorities and district administration is risking the lives of many due to the crisis of power in the district's premier medical.
“So many patients come to the hospital for treatment. But due to lack of facilities, they often suffer in the medical without proper electricity. The doctors are often forced to treat the patients without electricity which risks their lives,” said a local resident.
Local intellectuals have also expressed their displeasure over the incident while terming the situation as darkness under the lamp. The reason behind the plight of the patients due to power issues is appalling considering the fact that the district hospital is situated in an industrial town like Angul which boasts of the State's major power generating stations, they said.
Local residents have demanded proper electric facilities and adequate power backup in the hospital to meet with any emergency situation.
Earlier last week, doctors were seen treating critical patients with the help of torch and mobile flash lights at Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital for around 20 minutes due to a sudden power outage. The treatment continued in near darkness conditions at the non-trauma casualty ward of the premier health institute in absence of an uninterrupted power supply facility.