HYDERABAD: The clamour to demolish the dilapidated heritage building of Osmania General Hospital In-Patient block gathered momentum as a part of the ceiling came crashing down on to a patient’s bed, Sunday night. The debris could have inflicted serious injuries to a patient getting treated at Orthopaedics department as it fell only few inches away from the pillow.
While some doctors said that the attendant of a patient received minor injuries, officials maintained that no one was hurt. Telangana Government Doctors Association’s (TGDA) honorary president Dr B Ramesh, made available some photos in which it was evident that concrete debris had fallen on the bed.The situation gave jitters to the patients and staff alike as patches of false ceiling in the In-Patient (IP) block had had crumbled a few times in the past. One such incident occurred in the chamber of hospital superintendent Dr Raghuram chamber in the same block, in August, this year.
Considering the hospital’s derelict condition, State government had announced that all patients from the In-Patient (IP) block will be moved to other government hospitals, and multi-storied towers will be built in place of the block.
Though action was initiated to shift the patients, only a few from the Orthopaedics department, where the incident occurred on Sunday night, were shifted to King Koti District Hospital. “In the incident which occurred at around 2.30 am, an attendant received minor injuries. Patients and staff are scared of the issue. We request the State government to shift patients from the block at the earliest, and build the new towers,” urged Dr Ramesh.
Telangana’s director of Medical Education Dr M Ramani said that instructions have been given to move beds from places where the ceiling is likely to collapse. “Shifting of patients from the block is in progress. Instructions were given to push beds to a side,” Dr Ramani said.
“No one got injured in the incident,” said Dr Narendar, duty RMO.