While repair work is still underway, all services are back to normal at Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital as a power outage brought all services, except for emergency, to a standstill over the course of two days.
Outpatient services were cut, surgeries could not be performed, and critical patients had to be moved after a power outage on Friday afternoon. Although power is temporarily restored on the same night, not all machines can be operated due to load restrictions.
Today, all services were operating, including theaters of operations. The OTs had to be closed on Friday and Saturday as there was no electricity to run all the equipment; Even instruments cannot be sterilized (a method of sterilizing surgical equipment among patients), a hospital worker said, on condition of anonymity.
The staff added, “There were some power outages during the day, which were related to repair work. However, there has been no power outage for a long time and all services can continue as normal.”
The staff of another hospital agreed, adding: “The power supply has been fully restored, everything is working. But repair work is still in progress.”
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The power outage occurred around 3pm on Friday due to a fire in the main electrical distribution panel (LT panel). Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited would like to confirm that the problem has been found to be related to the LT board in Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital which is blocking the electricity supply inside the hospital. “We have secured an uninterruptible 11 kV power supply to Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital, in addition, another alternative 11 kV power supply has been arranged for this hospital as a backup due to a power supply issue within the hospital,” the company said in a statement.
Energy was restored with the help of a temporary line drawn to the key areas – the emergency department, emergency OT, and the wards. Since there was no power in the outpatient unit on Saturday, patients were turned away.