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Dilip Kumar

News Highlights

  • Power supply snapped five times between 8 pm and 11 pm

  • No alternative arrangement was made to ensure electricity supply

  • Serious covid patients are being treated at the ward

Cuttack: While many Covid-19 infected persons including some serious patients are undergoing treatment at the special Covid ward of SCB Medical College and Hospital, frequent and unscheduled power cuts left many of them on edge on Sunday evening.

Expressing serious resentment over the power outage at the premier hospital, kin of the patients waiting outside the isolation ward alleged that the hospital authorities had turned mute even as the institute witnessed around five times load shedding within a span of four hours.

There was no alternative arrangement to ensure uninterrupted power supply even many critical patients were put on ventilator, attendants alleged.

“Power supply snapped five times between 8 pm and 11 pm. We had a serious patient who succumbed to the disease by the time.  Authorities have taken no step to ensure uninterrupted power supply,” said Alekh Chandra Jena, an attendant.

The special Covid ward at the leading health institute has 100 beds. Many serious patients are also on ventilator which doesn’t run without electricity.

Even as the hospital has generator set to address the power outage problems, it didn’t serve the purpose during the time of need, attendants alleged.

With special Covid care centre, the hospital is a key institute in the State, which has been providing multi-specialty services to the patients free of cost. 

Neither the hospital authorities nor electricity staff are available to comment on the matter.

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