Doctors at Bihar hospital conduct surgery in torchlight
The diversity in India is sometimes alarming. On one hand, luxurious private hospitals face public ire for charging lakhs for common treatments. On another, smaller hospitals lack even basics like electricity. A hospital in Saharsa, Bihar, which didn't have power supply, is in news for conducting a surgery in torchlight. What's more shocking is that such incidents are reported from different places quite frequently.
Watch: Man in khaki clothes operates in torchlight
No official statement from the hospital or authorities yet
A video by ANI shows a man in khaki clothes, without a white coat, operating on an unconscious woman at Sadar Hospital. He makes stitches on her hand as someone else points a torch. A crowd is gathered around. Local media said she needed emergency care, so doctors decided to move ahead despite no electricity supply. There's no official statement on the matter yet.
Similar incidents reported from Andhra, UP and elsewhere
Last month, a similar incident was reported from a government hospital in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. But a doctor said they continued the surgery in torchlight for only five minutes, and power supply was soon back. In December, UP took action against health officials after cataract surgeries were conducted on at least 32 patients in torchlight, risking their vision.
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