Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Jun 15:
Three days after Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) in Odisha’s Steel City of Rourkela was flooded by pre-monsoon showers, there has been no improvement in the situation.
The maternity ward is the worst affected with about 15 cms to a foot deep water right under the beds of newborns and their mothers.
“I am worried to even get down from the bed. As you can see, there is water below my bed. The atmosphere is really dirty and it stinks. I am afraid my baby could catch some infection or disease. The hospital authorities don’t really care about us,” rued a patient in the maternity ward.
The condition of many other wards are not much better either.
Without motors to pump the water out, the attendants of patients are seen using buckets and wipers to flush out the excess water from the wards.
“We have been trying all possible ways to get the situation under control soon. However, our efforts haven’t succeded yet,” was the casual response from CMO Dr. Baris Kumar Das.
While the authorities were insensitive, the politicians didn’t miss out on the opportunity to play politics. BJP workers gheraoed the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) office, while local BJD leaders claimed helplessness.
“This has happened due to the lack of farsightedness of the CMO. He says he has written a letter for some survey. But nothing has changed on the ground. This is a serious lapse on the hospital authority’s part,” said local BJP leader Nihar Ray.
“We feel sorry for the situation at the hospital. We would have done some contingency planning if we had the faintest idea of this issue. We could never think that it could get flooded. It was unexpected and left us unprepared,” said an innocent sounding local BJD leader Sarada Nayak.