Mrunal Manmay Dash

Senior doctor and Emergency Officer of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, Dr Bhubanananda Maharana passed away on Tuesday night. He was 69.

Dr Maharana died while undergoing treatment for a brain stroke at the Neurosurgery department of the SCB hospital.

Many doctors and well-wishers rushed to the SCB Hospital after receiving the news about his death. Maharana, otherwise known as the ‘Crisis Manager’ was well-known all over the State for his dedication to work and his performance as a physician.

He had a 50-year-long association with the SCB hospital. Maharana joined SCB Medical College in 1973 as an MBBS student. In 1983, he passed his PG from SCB Medical College and started working as a casualty officer there.

Whether it was an incident or an accident, Maharana was able to deal with everything very efficiently in the hospital. Whether it was Jajpur Road Cormondel train accident, Cuttack Mahanadi bus tragedy or Bahanaga train tragedy, he always played a key role in providing emergency services for the distressed. The entire SCB family is in shock after his sudden demise.

Speaking about his death, SCB Hospital Superintendent Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra said, “He was first admitted to Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack. Later, he was shifted to SCB Hospital on January 20. He was operated upon and a clot in his brain was removed. But his health remained critical and it deteriorated further on January 23.”

“SCB Hospital was synonymous with Bhubanananda Maharana. Be it day or night, be it any natural calamity or major accident case, he was always the go-to man in any crisis situation at the SCB hospital. He was the crisis manager of this hospital. He was given responsibilities of blood bank, emergency service, trauma ICU. Maharana’s contribution to all the critical and sensitive areas of the hospital was second to none,” said senior physician CBK Mohanty.

“Maharana was my school friend. We studied together in general college. Then we moved to MBBS together. We even served at the SCB hospital together. So his death is a great personal loss to me,” Mohanty added.

“Nobody can think of SCB Medical College without Bhubanananda Maharana. He was available for everybody, right from stray dogs and cattle to mass accident victims and even ministers. I had once asked him why he worked in the SCB even after retirement. He answered he could not live without serving the SCB hospital. I had never seen him coming to the hospital in a car. His scooter was his most trusted companion. He had himself created the trauma ward in SCB hospital,” said his colleague Indu Bhushan Kar.

It is pertinent to mention here that Maharana had earlier suffered a brain stroke due to high blood pressure in February last year too.

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