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Sunday , September 2 , 2012
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Darkness grips SCB

Cuttack, Sept 1: Health services were affected for more than three hours at SCB Medical College and Hospital today because of a power failure.

The Central Red Cross Blood Bank and Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Institute were plunged into darkness after power supply was disrupted around 5pm today.

Though the hospital authorities claimed that alternative power back-up system was put to use following the power failure, wards such as surgery, paediatrics and a part of the old medicine ward went totally dark. However, power was restored at around 8.15 pm.

Sources in the hospital said a technical snag in one of the transformers installed on the premises led to the blackout.

Following the outage, attendants of patients blocked a road on the campus alleging callousness on the part of hospital authorities in not keeping an alternative power back-up system.

“My eight-year-old son is undergoing treatment at the paediatric intensive care unit. Around 5pm there was a complete power failure. We had to use a hand fan as the ward became very humid,” said Akhila Muduli, a resident of Bidyadharpur.

Hospital superintendent D.N. Moharana said the hospital authorities had made adequate alternative arrangements to ensure that proper power back-up system worked in case of power failure.

“All the major departments, including Central Intensive Care Unit, are well equipped to deal with power failure,” said Moharana.

However, the incident has raised many eyebrows as the state government had earlier provided Rs 3 crore to the SCB Medical College and Hospital authorities to install alternative power system in case of power breakdown. Similarly, the state government last month had decided to provide uninterrupted power supply to all government hospitals across the state.