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Docs put off surgeries in drought-hit Marathwada

In Latur district, which is one of worst hit by drought in Marathwada, health crisis is just few days away

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Publish Date: Apr 8 2016 1:57PM | Updated Date: Apr 8 2016 1:58PM

Docs put off surgeries in drought-hit Marathwada

In Latur district, which is one of worst hit by drought in Marathwada, health crisis is just few days away, doctors there say, a report in ‘The Times of India’ said.

Manjra dam and the Dhanegaon river have gone dry.

 
Clinics and doctors in Marathwada have had to resort to use water from tankers, but that's also not enough.
 
Scarcity of water has compromised cleanliness at hospitals and clinics, and with water from private tankers being far from clean, diseases are on the rise. 
 
The report further said situation is so pathetic that even doctors who know better are using unsafe short cuts.
 
One doctor told the paper that after washing his hands before a surgery, he collects the waste water and then uses it to clean bed sheets.
 
For each surgery, a surgeon and her assistants are needed to wash their hands with soap for 10 minutes in running water. But they do that in a minute now and then use betadine or other disinfectants to clean their hands.
 
Hospitals that were earlier cleaned twice day are now just dry-mopped. 
 
With not much water to wash sheets, hospitals are spending money on disposable linens.
 
Water supply to washbasin taps in all hospitals has been stopped. Patients and their accomplices are being given just one 30 litre bucket of water a day.
 
At first, several doctors made do with water from private tankers.
 
However  now, all hospitals and clinics in district have drastically reduced number of surgeries they perform and have planned. They will operate only if it's an emergency.