Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur Medical College and Hospital in Madhepura, which was recently inaugurated by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and built at the cost of Rs 800 crore, has no ambulance facility. This came to light on Wednesday when a patient was referred to Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital.
Due to a nationwide lockdown in place, to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus, the family members of the patient had a tough time while arranging a vehicle. At last, they managed to find an e-rickshaw and shifted the patient from the newly inaugurated medical college.
Subhash Prasad Yadav, a resident of Sukhasan village under Sadar block police station, was admitted to the medical college hospital on Tuesday with intestine related problems.
The doctors started treatment but his health deteriorated late in the night. Due to the lack of proper treatment facilities, the patient was referred to Darbhanga Medical College on Wednesday morning.
Umesh Kumar, the son-in-law of the patient, said that an ambulance was sought from the hospital management to shift the patient. But they failed to provide it. We were told that the ambulance is not in the condition to ferry the patient and a private vehicle will have to be arranged.
The patient kept lying in the hospital for four hours
Due to the unavailability of the ambulance, the patient had to stay in the hospital for four hours. Relatives of the patient said that they kept searching for a private vehicle for a long but could not find any because of the lockdown. Even if they found some, they were ready to travel without prior permission from the administration.
After a lot of trouble, the managed to find an e-rickshaw and considering the seriousness of the situation, the relatives took the patient to a nearby private clinic in Madhepura. The patient is currently being treated at the clinic.
When asked about this, Deputy Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. BN Gupta said that emergency service has not been started due to lack of necessary equipment. Patients are currently being treated with limited resources available. Patients are referred to other hospitals if they need to be operated. The ambulance which is poor condition is being repaired.