Jajarkot docs take to candle light for want of electricity

JAJARKOT: In what appears to be an effect of increasing load shedding, the Jajarkot District Hospital is compelled to provide services to patients relying on the candle light.

Health workers complained that it was very tough to treat people in the candle light in lack of daily regular supply of electricity.

"We are not in a position to supply oxygen to patients when needed for no power supply," said health worker Narayani Shah. "Even we are facing problems to feed medicine to the patients with candle in one hand and medicine in the other."

It has caused trouble when the health workers are not able to monitor the status of the patients in the wards.

They are bearing the brunt of the power outage in providing services to the patients since the solar lamp installed in the hospital are also lying idle, shared Dr Deepak Pun.

Meanwhile, the hospital has witnessed an acute shortage of medicines. The situation emerged due to no smooth and regular transportation of medicines to the hospital.

With the disruption in supply of the drugs following the unofficial blockade by India, the patients admitted to the hospital and general patients seeking treatment have been hit hard.

Even the hospital has no general types of medicines, patients complained.

Though the government announced to freely provide 70 types of medicines to patients from health posts and 100 types of medicines from health centres and hospitals, the Jajarkot Hospital is in complete dearth of medicines.

Around a dozen patients visit the hospital daily.

Though the number of patients approaching the hospital for their health examination is high, there is no situation to get general medicines from the health facility.