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Karnataka Doctor Relies on Mobile Torch to Examine Patient Due to Power Cut

Karnataka, Chitradurga district hospital faced a power cut problem from a long time. BJP seize oppourtunity and target Congress by labling the situation as 'Darkness Bhagya'

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 22, 2024 10:53 IST
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Karnataka Doctor treating their patient in mobile torch after a long power cut issue.

A video has emerged from Chitradurga district, Karnataka, showing a doctor resorting to using a mobile phone torch to examine a patient due to a power cut. The incident has sparked outrage, with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticizing the ruling Congress government’s handling of the situation.

The video reportedly shows a doctor at a government hospital in Molakalmuru taluk examining a patient under the inadequate light of a mobile phone flashlight. News reports claim that the area has been experiencing power cuts for the past week, with the hospital being no exception.

The BJP has seized on this opportunity to target the Congress government’s free electricity scheme, “Gruha Jyoti,” which provides up to 200 units of free electricity to households. They’ve labeled the situation as “Darkness Bhagya” (destiny of darkness), a play on the scheme’s name, and allege that the state’s empty treasury has resulted in a lack of even necessities like electricity in hospitals.

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The video has ignited discussions about the state of healthcare infrastructure in Karnataka, particularly in government hospitals. Concerns have been raised regarding the impact of such power cuts on patient care and the working conditions of medical professionals.

While the exact details surrounding the incident, including the reason for the power cut and the availability of backup power sources at the hospital, remain unclear, the video serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced in ensuring consistent and reliable healthcare services in certain regions of India.

First published on: May 21, 2024 08:02 PM IST

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