The death of a 53-year-old H1N1 patient in Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) supposedly during a power cut raised concerns on the facilities available in the hospital.
Though the hospital authorities have claimed that there was no outage and termed the death as a coincidence as no other patient was affected, the family members of the deceased seek to register a complaint.
Relatives of B G Ganesh, protested against the hospital that the ventilator in the MICU stopped working during a power cut, resulting in his death. His wife Uma said, "I want to file a complaint with police in sometime. I could not save my husband due to lack of facilities in the hospital."
Power hitches faced by government hospitals has raised concerns followed by the patient's death. The other hospitals were enquired about their alternative during a power cut and how they manage the power situation.
Dr. Gangadhar Belavadi, medical superintendent of Vanivilas hospital, said they depend on two generators in case of a snag. "We don't even get to know if there is a power cut, as the supply is always backed by a generator. We have 16 ventilators in the hospital, including 7 in the neonatal ICU. I am not aware of the express line facility that gives uninterrupted power supply to hospitals. I will check on that," he said.
Dr. C N Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, said, "Despite having an express line, we have two 850 kilowatt generators. When there is a complete power shutdown, even the express line connectivity fails, so we have these two generators."
The government has constituted a committee headed by medical education director Dr. S S Hasroor to probe into the allegations of mishandling of the patient. Health and family welfare minister U T Khader said, "The death shocked me. There seems to have been some lapses and we have ordered an enquiry. We will initiate stringent action if there are any lapses."