Accident
Local residents have been demanding a new building for the hospital, and allege that facilities provided by the hospital are also not adequate.
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In a shocking incident, the roof of the Operation Theatre at a Karnataka government hospital partially collapsed on Tuesday morning.

Fortunately, the mishap did not result in loss of lives or cause fatal injuries as the facility was empty at that particular time. The incident occurred around 9.30 am in Ballari’s Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) Hospital.

Reportedly, one person had died in 2016 after part of the roof had collapsed in the same hospital.

Local residents say, they’re not surprised by the incident. They have been demanding a new building for the hospital, and allege that facilities provided by the hospital are also not adequate.

VIMS Hospital has been in news for the wrong reasons for some time now.

In February, the hospital survived two fire accidents in a span of three days.

Even the then Director of the hospital had said that they were waiting for approval to demolish the crumbling structure.

The government hospital built in 1973 not only caters to patients from the neighbouring districts in the state, but also from Andhra Pradesh.

A TV report in March also highlighted the dilapidated condition of the building. Visuals showed the brick structure where the paint of some walls and roofs of the building had come off.

This is not the only such incident in the state in recent months. In May, a three-day-old baby boy and his mother were injured after a portion of the roof collapsed at Sri Narasimharaju District Hospital in Kolar.