In Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district medical apathy was on public display, when doctors were left with no option but to treat an injured patient under emergency torchlight.
The incident took place on Monday that questioned the government hospitals in Ballia.
Doctors at the state-run hospital in UP’s Ballia gave stitches to a patient under emergency light owing to a power cut, according to reports.
Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) of the Ballia government hospital Dr BP Singh told news agency and ANI News UP, “Electricity Dept had announced a power cut from 9 am to 5 pm yesterday.”
Doctors gave stitches to a patient under emergency light at Govt Hospital in Ballia.
Electricity Dept had announced a cut from 9am to 5pm yesterday. We were using generator but it takes time to switch the changer which is when a patient was receiving stitches, said BP Singh, CMS pic.twitter.com/4WfofrmPdq
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Dr Singh went on to add, “We were using generator but it takes time to switch the changer which is when a patient was receiving stitches.”
In the video of the incident that is available, doctors are seen stitching a patient in a dark room with only the light from their smartphones coming to their help.
In 2018 a much similar incident was reported in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district where doctors were forced to operate a patient under an emergency light due to a power cut. This incident was reported at a government hospital in Nagda.
On the other hand, family members of a woman in Bihar had alleged in March 2018 that she died after being operated under torchlight at the Saharsa’s Sadar Hospital.