BHOPAL: Frequent power cuts-besides the longer ones for maintenanceóhave added to the problems for the Covid patients who are at home in isolation. Some patients are also using oxygen instruments at home that get disrupted with a power cut.
"Five members of my family are at home put under isolation after being detected with mild Covid symptoms. They are all staying in separate rooms but frequent power cuts adds to their suffering," said Pooja, who stays in the Gandhinagar locality.
This story is not only about Pooja from Gandhinagar, but there are also several such reports from different parts of the state capital. Severe heat conditions have made most of the patients more dependent upon regular power supply for a reprieve.
In another incident in Rewa, patients admitted in Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital (SGMC) had to suffer because of the power outage. The condition of several patients deteriorated as the oxygen machines stopped working.
Several civil groups, including Samvidhan Live, Eka, Ansh Happiness and others, from the state capital have demanded that the chief minister ensure regular power supply. "In recent times, weíve seen that power outage has increased. Moreover, regular maintenance work also leaves people without power for 4-5 hours," said Mohd Anas of the Barkatullah Forum.
"I think uninterrupted power supply at this time of crisis is of the utmost priority and the government should take special measures to ensure uninterrupted supply," said Dr Sanjay Singh, a private practitioner.
"Nowadays, summer is at its peak and patients get easily irritated at power outage. This could increase their heartbeats, besides adding to the mental agony. These conditions have an adverse impact on the patient and prolongs time for recovery," he added.