Fish swim in waterlogged ICU of Patna hospital

PATNA: The medical wards, including the ICU at Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), turned into a pool following heavy showers over the weekend. Fish were seen swarming the ICU and used materials like syringes, medicines wrappers and bed pans floating around in the waterlogged wards.
NMCH medical superintendent Dr Chandrashekhar Prasad said water pump was used to flush out the stagnant water. “The condition is expected to improve by Monday morning if the downpour stops,” he added.
Patients at other hospitals and primary health centres in city also faced tough time as rainwater entered the premises of the hospitals.
Dr Rajiv Ranjan Kumar Raman of NMCH’s medicine department said the roof on the second floor of Doctors’ PG Hostel fell on Saturday night due to heavy rain. “A student was injured in the mishap,” he added.
Commuters had a harrowing time on Sunday battling traffic snarls and navigating through waterlogged roads following heavy overnight downpour in the city. In several localities, people were seen wading through ankle to knee-deep water to reach their destinations.
The situation was grim for residents living in low-lying areas like Agamkuan, Rajendra Nagar, Makhania Kuan, Kankerbagh, Phulwarisharif, Khagaul, Nala Road, Thakurbari Road, Sabzibagh, Pataliputra Colony, Gardanibagh, Bazar Samiti and Kadamkuan. Waterlogging on streets affected traffic in aerial routes like Boring Road, near Gandhi Maidan, Bailey Road, Exhibition Road, Ashok Rajpath and Anisabad. The rainfall also caused overflowing of drain water, wreaking havoc in densely-populated low-lying residential localities. “It is not only the stagnant water that is causing trouble but also the open manholes which are overflowing. The water level has increased due to Saturday night’s rainfall. If it rains again, the water will definitely enter our home. As a precautionary measure, we have put some sandbags in front of the main gate,” said Anupama Singh, a resident of Bahadurpur.
“Waterlogging happens in every monsoon. There is no escaping from this. It is good that it didn’t rain all day and we succeeded in flushing out the stagnant water at our home,” said Mehul Kumar, a resident of Rajendra Nagar road number 6.