Ceiling fan falls on Doctor at Osmania General Hospital, medicos protest by hearing helmets
Hyderabad: Doctors at Osmania General Hospital, here were seen working with helmets after a ceiling fan fell on their colleague injuring her gravely.
Junior doctors of Hyderabad's Osmania General Hospital staged a silent protest on the hospital premises, after a female duty doctor on Monday was injured when a ceiling fan fell on her head in the hospital. They wore helmets while going to their duties, as a mark of protest, according to a media report in ANI
A final year resident doctor from the Dermatology department received injuries on her head after a ceiling fan broken off its hinges and crashed on her in the outpatient department on Monday. She was immediately admitted into the same hospital for treatment.
The Hospital sources claimed that the fan was 40 years old.
Doctors alleged the government was negligent in taking care of the building and submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent to look into the matter. They staged a silent protest demanding the hospital authorities to take immediate actions so that such incidents would not take place in the future. They said that no efforts were made by the authorities to improve the infrastructure inspite of their consistent demands. They thus blamed the negligent attitude of the medical authorities in causing the pathetic condition of the century old hospital.
Meanwhile, the OGH Superintendent, Dr. B Nagender said the incident on Monday was a sporadic one, adding that the issues of the hospital would be solved after the construction of a new building and informed that the issue is pending in the court.
Lokmat reports that this is not the first time that such unique protest measures were undertaken by the people. In a similar manner in 2018, they wore helmets to highlight the poor condition of the hospital.
Many patients complained of negligence from the part of hospital authorities and lack of basic facilities, with many seen lying in open ground in hospital premises with attendants holding saline bottles.
Osmania Hospital is the oldest hospital in Hyderabad and one of the biggest state-run healthcare facilities in Telangana.
However, the hospital is in a poor condition, with many videos surfacing from time to time. They show patches of plaster falling off, stray dogs roaming around in wards, water and drainage pipeline leakage, patients lying on ground and even outside the building and heaps of waste.
Last year, the hospital's oldest was flooded due to heavy rain with the corridors, alleyways and wards filed with water, causing inconvenience to patients and their attendants, who were seen sitting atop beds with ankle-deep water flooding the ward.
A proposal was made by the state government in 2015 to demolish the building stating that it is structurally weak and unfit to run a regular hospital, rather suggesting that it wanted to build two towers, 24 floors each.
However, government withdrew the plan after it received strong opposition from historians, heritage activists and prominent citizens. The case is presently being heard in the High Court.
The hospital was built by Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad, and named after him after the Musi floods of 1908. It was designed by British architect Vincent Jerome Esch and Nawab Khan Bahadur Mirza Akbar Baig in Indo-Saracenic style, and completed in 1919.
The hospital is spread over 26.5 acres, and has 11 major blocks. The inpatient block is spread over an 2.37 acres having a total bed capacity of 1,168 beds including 363 in super speciality wards.