In a shocking incident, a ceiling fan fell on a newly conceived mother at a government hospital in Telangana. The victim suffered injuries to her head.
The incident took place on Tuesday at Mangaluru’s primary healthcare centre in Bhadradri Kothagudem district. However, it came to light only on Thursday.
Fortunately, the new born girl who was close to the spot where the incident occurred, miraculously escaped, as she was on a different bed next to her mother.
On Tuesday, Swati, a resident of Singaram was admitted in the hospital. After delivering the baby, she along with her newborn, were shifted to the post-natal ward.
At around 8.30 pm, when Swati was resting on the bed, the rickety old ceiling fan suddenly came unstuck and fell on her head, leaving a deep gash on her scalp.
The woman alleged that though they had informed about the incident to the hospital authorities, they took her complaint lightly.
The hospital authorities dismissed the incident and said that she suffered only minor injuries.
After learning about the incident, the District Medical Health Officer Dayanand Swamy visited the hospital and inspected the premises.
Speaking to TNM, Dayanand Swamy said they have initiated an internal inquiry into the incident.
“The additional director is probing the incident. Apart from the inquiry, I have also ordered the hospital management to check all the fans, loosely hanging wires, and anything which poses danger to the patients and the staff.”
Swamy added, “I have directed them to fix all the issues on priority basis so that such incidents never recur and instructed them to make routine checks to avert such freakish accidents.”
In a similar incident, in 2017, a ceiling fan had fallen inside the in-patient ward of Government Maternity Hospital in Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad. In that incident, a woman suffered injuries, while her new-born baby, had a lucky escape.