Hyderabad: Eight elective operations had to be postponed in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) owing to water shortage.
The crisis was the result of the Godavari Drinking Water Supply Project Phase-I work which led to shortage in the morning.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) had announced a one-day water supply shutdown from January 2 to 3.
Sufficient tankers were not pressed into service on January 2 resulting in a major water shortage in the three-block hospital the next day.
With most of the scheduled operations being carried out in the morning, there was a flurry of activity as the doctors were seen checking for water availability to carry out surgeries. A senior doctor on condition of anonymity said, “Water at the emergency section was filled first by the tankers so that there was no shortage in that block. But the other three blocks also had surgeries in the morning and there was not sufficient water there. Hence, resident medical officers had to first check whether there was sufficient water and only then opt for the operation theatre to be used.” The hospital performs eight to ten surgeries daily.