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MGM docs in water cry

Worried over acute water scarcity at MGM Medical College and Hospital’s surgical and medicine wards, a group of surgeons shot a letter to acting superintendent A.N. Mishra on Wednesday, asking him to take immediate steps to repair the pump at the earliest.

Operating theatres in the surgery, orthopaedic and ENT departments are doing without piped water for over 20 days while the authorities continue to look the other way.

While the doctors, especially surgeons, are being extremely inconvenienced, patients undergoing free treatment at the Sakchi-based heal hub have to depend their kin have to fetch water for them.

“Tap water supply at any operating theatre is essential to carry out surgery. We need adequate water, as we have to wash our hands and surgery equipment time and again. This apart, the portion of the patient’s body where the surgery has to be done also needs to be cleaned with water,” said Ramesh Kumar, one of the surgeons, told The Telegraph.

He added that ever since the problem cropped up, they had written six times to deputy superintendent of the Sakchi heal hub Ashok Kumar Singh, highlighting the unhygienic conditions they were working in.

“As our letters failed to yield any result, we had to write to A.N. Mishra, who is the acting superintendent of the hospital and also principal of the college located in Dimna. He assured us that he would look into the water crisis and solve the problem as soon as possible,” Kumar added.

When asked, Mishra said he was aware of the water supply problem.

“The pump went kaput. Though there is no fund sanctioned for repairing the damaged pump, I have spoken to the engineering department to fix it and the money will be spent from the miscellaneous account,” said Mishra, adding that the problem would be solved within the next four-five days.