With no ventilators, critical care a casualty in Palike hospitals

Precious time lost in shifting patients to other hospitals

The recent death of two children due to lack of ventilators at Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) hospitals has brought to light the sorry state of affairs at these hospitals. For, not a single hospital run by the Palike has ventilator facility.

Anand and Akash died eventually after they were unable to get the facility on time. Their parents had to had to run from pillar to post, but in vain.

Anand had seizures and was initially rushed to Nimhans. However, his parents were informed that there were no ventilators to spare. The family then went to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bowring Hospital and Vani Vilas Hospital in the hope of finding a ventilator. Finally, they went back to Indira Gandhi Institute. But the boy, who had lost a lot of time travelling, succumbed the next day.

Similar was the case with Ashok, who breathed his last at Vani Vilas Hospital. He was shifted to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, but the family was told to take him to a private hospital. The boy had injured his head early in the afternoon and was treated after a 12-hour-long delay.

Emergency situations

With no ventilators, patients have no choice but to run from one hospital to another during emergency situations. “None of the hospitals has ventilators. We do not find a need for ventilators, unless there are emergency cases that need to be attended to. In case there is a need for ventilator facility, patients are referred to other hospitals,” said Manoranjan Hegde, senior officer, department of health, BBMP.

The Palike has seven referral hospitals and 23 maternity care centres, where people are attended to as in-patients. Besides, the BBMP has 29 health care centres, 22 dispensaries and 19 urban family welfare centres.

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