Due to frequent erratic power supply, patient care at Sub District Hospital Hazratbal has been badly affected, while Power Development Department (PDD) has been maintained silence about the issue.
The hospital, linked with Government Medical College Srinagar, is facing neglect and faces power outages each day, directly impacting diagnostic services. The situation has left patients irked.
“There is no dedicated line for the SDH. The operation theater should have 24/7 power supply,” said Tariq Ahmad, a resident of Hazratbal.
Tariq said patients are made to wait for hours for an X-ray and other diagnostic procedures when there is no electricity.
Due to the erratic power supply at the hospital, patient care is hit.
The hospital, as per Tariq, gets electricity from a public line which bears a massive load.
“There should be a special line for the hospital so that patients do not face tough time. Electricity is vital for a health facility like this where surgeries are conducted,” he said.
On an average the hospital receives 400-500 patients daily from Hazratbal and its adjoining area with expecting mothers and ailing children among the worst hit due to absence of electricity.
Though the hospital has a generator but it is not sufficient to run operation theatre.
Block Medical Officer, Hazratbal, Dr Hashmat said they had taken up the issue with PDD authorities over the years but they have not done anything in this regard.
“The hospital is catering to a huge population and providing all the basic healthcare facilities to public. Unfortunately due to repeated power interruptions, our diagnostic lab, X-ray section and particularly the labor room are suffering badly,” she said.
Although the BMO office has repeatedly informed the PDD department about the issue but still no action has been taken leaving patients and hospital staff to suffer.
The BMO has minted fourth proposal to PDD authorities to provide uninterrupted power supply for the better patient care and make arrangement for a special line.
Superintending Engineer, PDD, Hazratbal, Hilal Ahmad said the area is congested and there is no option to provide an essential power line to the hospital.
“The hospital authorities should apply for an essential service line. There is no route available to give them a line at this point of time,” he said.