When we contacted an intern doctor at the same hospital, he said, “ICUs in hospitals are assigned to a specific doctor and in our case, the concerned doctor is not available till February. He is pursuing some medical course and he needs to complete it. Unfortunately, there is no replacement available for the ICU, therefore we need to wait till he comes back.” He refused to comment further.
A clueless lady warden sitting in front of the ICU commented, “I think ICU is shut down because it needs to be repaired so that patients won't face any issues in the near future. I think it will open soon.”
Patients need to be transferred directly from an emergency room to ICU when their condition begins to crumble and specially if the patient is at high risk of complications. The hospital authorities seemed to be least bothered for the same.
“It's been thirty years since the hospital came up in the vicinity and ICU was introduced only two years ago. I won't say there is shortage of doctors in the hospital but this is something which caters to the hospital administration. I am awaken about the situation but as far as I am informed, ICU will be back in business within a week, most proabably”, said Dr. Sanjeev Kukkal, Medical Officer in Civil Hospital.
No one is assured as when ICU will be opened again for the patients. The hospital administration refused to comment anything on the same. People who cannot afford to walk-in to a private hospital have only prayers to save them.