Kolkata: The electric generators used in this hospital do not work properly. Therefore, to stay away from snake bites in the dark, patients use a torchlight in the hospital. Doctors rely on flashlights on their mobile phones. These shocking incidents have taken place in the health centre of Mallarpur, Birbhum.

Mallarpur Block Primary Health Centre in Birbhum is adjacent to National Road No. 60. If anyone is injured in an accident, the person is first taken to the primary health centre. But everyone in the hospital including the patients and doctors are worried about the electricity service in the hospital. Multiple times in a day, the area suffers from power cuts. The hospital has a generator, but most of the time it doesn't work. Mizan Sarkar, a doctor working at the health centre, said, “there are regular power cuts in the hospital. As a result, patients and their relatives face problems. The treatment continues with the help of torchlight and mobile flashlights. There is also a snake infestation as there is a jungle nearby. The situation is such that patients are also advised to keep a torchlight with them at the time of admission.”

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BMOH Shivayan Roy of Mallarpur Block Primary Health Centre said, “There is no alternative way to solve this problem.” Under the open sky, the generator repeatedly malfunctions in the sun-storm-rain. There is no benefit even after calling a mechanic. I have informed the higher authorities. But there was no response from them.”

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Deputy CMOH (2) Swapan Ojha of Rampurhat Health District Hospital said, “I have no information about this news. The previous chief health officer has been transferred. The new chief health officer has not yet taken up the charges. He will be joining in a week and will then solve the problem.”