Frequent power cuts in hospital force patients to take rest under tree

Balasore: As the entire State is reeling under intense hot and humid conditions for the last several days, frequent power cuts have made life miserable for the patients undergoing treatment at Nilagiri Sub-Divisional Hospital in Balasore district.

Health services have been massively hit due to the scorching heat and frequent power cuts at the hospital where hundreds of patients come for treatment everyday.

Most of the admitted patients are seen walking out of their beds to rest under trees outside the hospital following frequent power cuts. Patients allege that the hospital staff do not use the inverter and DG set.

“As the temperature has increased, the frequency of power cuts has also increased. We prefer to rest under the trees as it is too hot inside the hospital. During the night hours too, we sleep under the open sky,” said Papa Murmu, a patient, who is undergoing treatment in the hospital since Sunday.

“Most of the patients are coming outside the hospital as it is too hot inside. Despite having the DG machine, the hospital staffs are not using it when there is power cut. They should run the DG set so that we could rest peacefully at least during night,” said another patient Upendra Barik.

When contacted, Nilagiri SDMO, Ajay Samal, assured to look into the matter and resolve it as soon as possible.