As many as nine Operation Theaters are lying idle because the fungus has been detected inside Indira Gandhi Government Medical Hospital, due to water leakage. Each of the three OTs of Ear Nose Throat department (ENT), Orthopedics and Ophthalmology are shut down.
Nobody is giving a thought or considering the seriousness of the situation that for over 2 months now. Nearly 15-20 major surgeries are carried out every day at IGGMCH extremely bad state due to fungal infection.
Hospital as big as IGGMCH has dropped down the numbers of major surgeries to only 10 from 25, which have been conducted daily there. At the same time, reportedly the IGGMCH has resumed the admission of patients with minor operations.
It may be noted that every hospital has a Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC) which holds the responsibility to prevent and control nosocomial infections (caused by organisms that are resistant to antibiotics). At IGGMCH, HICC instructed to close all the nine OTs in three complexes of the surgical complex.
The reason may come as a shock, but only to the people, because, well, the authorities are busy with their festive mood.
Deputy Superintendent (IGGMCH) Dr. Sagar Pandey informed that it is only possible to start the OT once the rain completely stops. â€œWater continues to leak in the surgical complex from the Air Handling Unit (AHU). We are doing what is best possible from our endâ€.
Whereas all the operations of Opthal department are being currently conducted at Daga memorial hospital. The superintendent of Daga hospital, Dr. Seema Parvekar, said that IGGMCH is conducting over 40 Opthal operations, per week, here.
â€œThe patients are discharged immediately after the operation, from our hospital. I donâ€™t know for how long this will go because the condition of OTs at IGGMCH is dangerousâ€, added Dr. Parvekar.
A source from PWD on the condition of anonymity said that administration did not tell them till the situation went unmanageable. â€œThe hospital informed the department when all the nine OTs had caught up fungal infection.
It is not possible to remove the infection now. We have to wait for the rainy season to end. A team from Pune has been called at Mayo. The only option in front of the hospital is to renovate the OTs into a modular one, which will at least take 2-3 monthsâ€, said the person.
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