In a series of videos from within the hospital, the sanitation staff and ward boys who are already overburdened were seen using sandbags and bedding to block the flow of water into the patient wards
Heavy rains that lashed Hyderabad on Wednesday inundated the 110-year old Osmania General Hospital, which had been converted into a Covid facility, causing severe hardship to hundreds of patients.
The state-run hospital houses patients with mild Covid-19 symptoms and also those whose test results are awaited.
Videos and pictures that went viral on social media revealed that corridors and wards were inundated and beds were virtually floating in the water. The rain water was gushing out of the hospital corridors as if there was a breach in the canal and the entire premises were completely waterlogged.
While hospital superintendent Dr B Nagender was not available for comment, as he had tested positive for Covid-19 last week and has been undergoing treatment at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, a hospital staff member said the sanitation staff and ward boys had done their best to prevent flow of water into the wards by placing sandbags and beddings.
Similar situation was witnessed in Osmania hospital on Monday, too. Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Goshamahal, under whose jurisdiction the hospital falls, was a witness to the pathetic situation there. He said the entire hospital was flooded with rainwater and the drainage system was overflowing.
“Six wards, including an ICU, all of which are on the ground floor, were flooded, forcing patients to take refuge on their beds,” Singh said and requested chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and health minister Etela Rajender to look into the matter.