Mumbai rainwater floods hospital wards in Gondia

Gondia: A video of women patients on their beds, with almost knee-deep rain water flooding the wards in a hospital here, have gone viral on social media. This has prompted district authorities to issue notices to officials concerned over inadequate arrangements. Gondia district collector Kadambari Balkawade issued notices to officials including the dean of the Bai Gangabai Government Hospital for Women and the district civil surgeon for not taking necessary preventive measures to avoid flooding of the hospital wards.

The viral video clip shows women patients and their kin sitting on beds in a ward which had almost knee-deep water after heavy rains on July 5. Some articles like chappals can be seen floating in the water.

On Sunday also, rain water accumulated in two wards of the hospital. There was also around a foot-deep water in the delivery wards, causing inconvenience to patients, social activist Kushal Agrawal, who visited the hospital late on Sunday night, said.

There was no doctor present on duty at 2.30 am and patients were seen clearing the water logging, he said.       A doctor said the hospital building was constructed in 1943. After heavy rains, water enters the wards, he added. Balkawade has asked the hospital administration to remove unnecessary material from the hospital premises and to conduct a structural audit of the building at the earliest.

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