Agartala: With malaria affecting a large number of people in Tripura, hospitals and primary health centres (PHC) in the state are working overtime to deal with the rush. While the increase in patient inflow is justifiable, the sight of some patients lying on the floor at a PHC at Gachirampara in North Tripura district, after power services remained suspended for hours on Friday, is definitely not.
As per reports, the patients had to resort to this extreme step after their condition started to turn for the worse. Rather than timely treatment, they were forced to sleep on the floor.
With a population of more than 2,000, the PHC at Gachirampara is being run by one doctor, Chinmoy Debbarma, with support from four nurses and two general duty assistant (GDA) staffers.
When efforts were made to contact the doctor, it was learnt that he was on a visit to a Bru refugee camp for treatment of patients.
At present, out of 10 admitted patients at the PHC, two of them are malaria patients who are being looked after by the nurse. The patients were identified as Aizak Rai Reang (56) and Sudhanvati Reang (60) — both residents of Gachirampara. Over 13 people were admitted at the health centre with symptoms of malaria.