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Another roof cave-in at MGM

Crash-prone MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur again lived a horror moment on Sunday when a portion of the ceiling above the stairs leading to the ICU caved in and some debris landed near a patient’s bed in the emergency ward below in yet another reminder to the authorities that the crumbling structure needs urgent repairs.

Though the patient was lucky and no one was injured, the incident has triggered panic among patients and attendants of the hospital that had witnessed several such crashes in the recent past. The ICU is located on the first floor of the emergency block.

“A huge chunk of plaster, measuring about 80 square feet, came off from the ceiling of the stairs leading to the ICU. Fortunately, no one was going to the ICU at the time of the incident, otherwise, a casualty would have surely occurred,” said a doctor posted at the emergency ward.

Sunita Devi, whose bed is located just beside the stairs, is so afraid that she wants to go back home as soon as possible. “I was sleeping when a loud thud suddenly woke me up. At first, I could not understand anything but after a while, I noticed debris strewn on the stairs. Some of them had even fallen near my bed,” said the typhoid patient

Hospital superintendent S.S. Prasad blamed the state health department for the delay in starting repair work. “The frequent roof cave-ins have become a cause of concern for us. Every time such an incident occurred, we intimated the health department about the need for immediate repairs but in vain,” he said.

Krishna Singh, a senior official of Medical Education’s Engineering Cell (Kolhan division) that looks after construction and maintenance of medical colleges and hospitals, said they had already sent an estimate to the department for repairing the emergency ward and ICU of MGM. “Three months have passed since we submitted the estimate of about Rs 60 lakh. But the department is yet to sanction and release the sum,” Singh added.

Health secretary K. Vidyasagar could not be reached for comments.