Chennai: Poor maintenance and administration and lack of funds are the main factors behind the poor infra ailing Omandurar Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital, where the false ceiling in outpatients ward of the nuclear oncology department allegedly collapsed on Monday morning.
Stating that the ward was functioning as usual, when suddenly the false ceiling collapsed, a source said, “Patients expressed fear after they witnessed the collapse. This has been an issue for the past one year and it happens on every floor. The poor airconditioner vent which causes water-logging on the roof is one of the main reasons why the ceilings tend to fall.”
“The problems are usually passed on to the head of institutions but the hospital lacks a proper administrator for over six months. Patients and hospital staff are affected by such issues,” added the source.
It has also been alleged that the air conditioners in the hospital have not been functioning for the last six months. Doctors are working with no fans or air conditioners, the source added.
Denying any recent issue of ceiling collapse, nodal officer Dr Anand Kumar said,
“The false ceilings had collapsed during Cyclone Vardah and were partially repaired. I have not received any information on collapse of any ceilings since.
There are some parts where there have been water dampening. It weakens the ceiling leading to the danger of it collapsing. We give priority to those parts of the hospital where patients and hospital equipment are not there.”...