Baripada medical college yet to get centralized oxygen plant

Baripada: Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital in Baripada is still dependant on oxygen cylinders owing to the lack of a centralized oxygen plant.

According to sources, the hospital continues to reel under inadequate ancillary facilities even after a year of its establishment. Even in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs), the oxygen supply system malfunctioned around 20 days ago and patients have alleged that the wiring of the pipes is in a mess.

“When I reached here the central oxygen supply was not operational. They provided a cylinder after a half-an-hour-delay,” said Alekha Ranjan Pathi, a patient’s relative.

“The centralized oxygen system does not exist and the old system is currently defunct,” said Chandan Mahakud, relative of another patient.

The 265-bed hospital was inaugurated a year ago. According to sources a lot of patients from Mayurbhanj district, nearby sub-divisions, West Bengal and Bihar depend on the hospital.

Hospital superintendent, NN Soren said “The authorities have been informed about the situation. The construction of the oxygen plant is in the tender-invitation phase and we hope it gets approval soon.”