Patients in the special labour ward of the State-run Vani Vilas hospital, meant for those with infections, got a shock on August 16 when they looked up. There was a deep crack in the ceiling joints.
A portion of the road adjoining the SR Block had sunk a few days ago due to work on the K.R. Market underground metro station, which is in front of the hospital. This had a cascading effect on the ward, which is located in the block. Apart from the ceiling, there were cracks in the walls and floor, posing a danger to patients.
Fearing for the safety of patients, hospitals authorities shifted them out of the ward and informed the jurisdictional BMRCL officials.
Nearly 60 patients in the block, including those in the labour ward, were shifted to a ward meant for Eclampsia patients (who suffer seizures).
This has resulted in overcrowding.
The SR Block has been cordoned off.
U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRCL, said the portion of the earth adjoining the block had ‘settled’ (sunk) because of rain resulting in the cracks in the ward. “Such things happen when work is on for the development of the city. We have immediately started filling the settled portion and have installed support (scaffolding) in the ward,” he said. Veeranna Gowda, in-charge Director of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute to which the hospital is affiliated, said they are awaiting a report from the structural engineers on the condition of the building. “Based on the report, we will take a call on whether to repair and use the ward, or abandon it till the metro work is completed,” he said.
dinathanthi newspaper 21/08/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx