Kolkata: In yet another incident of power cut, the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) was plunged into darkness on Sunday afternoon.
The incident caused serious inconveniences to the patients admitted to the gynecological and heart department. According to the hospital sources it was a relief for the hospital authorities as there were no surgeries scheduled during the period of the power cut. However, the load shedding created tension among the patients.
It has been learnt that the load shedding was caused as the underground electrical wire had snapped. The hospital authorities had taken a prompt action and arranged for a generator on a war footing.
Sources said that due to the power cut, around 30 patients at the medicine department fell ill and were shifted to another room. The situation was managed at various important departments of the hospital as a generator was pressed into action to meet the crisis. Initially, there were some difficulties in the Critical Care Unit of the Cardiology department but the power was restored within a few minutes. A senior official of the hospital said that power cut occurred due to some fault of the CESC. The patients, however, did not face any problems because power had been restored in the hospital within 20 minutes and the situation was restored to normal.
It may be mentioned that there were some previous occasions of load shedding in the hospital in past one year. Few days ago, a minor fire took place inside an elevator when some welding work was going on. There was no major surgery scheduled to take place during the period, the official maintained. A probe has been initiated to look into the incident.