Nearly 50 women fell unconscious due to delay in performing double-puncture laproscopy (DPL) at Luxettipet hospital on Friday. As many as 225 women from Dandapally, Jannaram and Luxettipet mandals reached the hospital by 4 am to undergo the family planning operation at the free medical camp being organised by the health department.
However, the doctors could not perform the surgery till 2 pm due to power cut forcing the women to remain empty stomach for many hours and they fainted.
The hospital officials arranged two generators but they did not function due to technical snag.
Meanwhile, around 30 women, who were administered anaesthesia for the surgery, regained senses following the delay. Some of these women also fell unconscious. Irked at the development, relatives of the women, who fell unconscious, staged a dharna at the hospital in protest against the negligence of the doctors and hospital officials in making arrangements for the camp. The women also complained that adequate number of beds were not provided at the hospital.
Luxettipet hospital incharge Dr N Venkateswar Rao said they performed the surgeries after 2.30 p.m. The generators did not work due to technical problem, he added. On Thursday, more than 200 women underwent DPL at Bellampally hospital. They too complained of inadequate number of beds in the hospital.