Berhampur, April 3: In an incident virtually exposing the loopholes in security arrangements at the MKCG Hospital here, an elderly woman sustained critical injuries after falling into an under construction lift shaft at its Opthalmology Department located in the second floor.
The incident which took place on Thursday came to light only after the hospital authorities shifted the woman to SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack on Friday.
Reports say, the victim identified as Puna Sahoo of Hugulapata village had been to MKCG hospital along with her son Hari for eye check-up on Thursday. While Hari went down to receive the test reports Puna mistook an under-construction lift to be a toilet and fell into its shaft after opening the door.
The victim was first rushed to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for better treatment but the doctors returned her claiming that she was stable. The MKCG authorities sent her again to SCBMCH the next day.
While the victim’s son has blamed the lackadaisical attitude of MKCG authorities for the mishap, they have alleged negligence of the Public Works Department for the same.