The main source of water supply is the underground waters. The two pumps, a solar electric solar powered and electrical functioned well. These pumps are now yielding adequate water. Even during the dry spells when the water levels fall as a result of poor rains the two pumps have done better. The two hand operated boreholes are working but over used. A new borehole was drilled and constructed for the new Nurses quarters to supply more water. The two old bore holes served regularly but inadequately because of increasing demands of both the patients and increased population of the surrounding communities. The other factors were frequent breakdown and increased cost of maintenance. The communities do not contribute towards the maintenance cost of the bore holes and they are very uncooperative.
The hospital maintained a very old system of washing linen by hand. It remains largely risky though disinfection measures are fairly adequate. This is so mainly for freshly contaminated linen from theatre.
Sewage and pit latrines
The sewage system flowed well and the lagoon is almost full. Further the vandalized perimeter fence has not yet been reconstructed. This shall be as agreed in the past on cost sharing basis with the community. The position of the hospital not to be held responsible for any accident or any risks attributed to the lagoons by any member of the surrounding community still stands. Solid non medical wastes were burnt in the excavated pits and those from the wards were incinerated.
Power and Lighting
The routine power supply begun at about 10.30am to 12.00 noon and occasionally continued up to 1.00pm. This was mainly used for the production of intravenous fluids. It was again put on from 5.30pm. to 7.30pm daily. After that only the inverted solar power remained on for lighting and theatre use when deemed necessary. The solar lighting system had frequent night time brake down as it could not supply light and power till day break. This was attributed to a pair of faulty batteries which are expected to be replaced in the new FY. Emergency supply of power was provided for as the need arose and specifically to the x-ray unit.
Power and lighting was supplied by four generators shown below:
1). 60 KVA that are two and one of them is quite new.
2). 100 KVA.
3). 12 KVA.
The nurses’ hostel, nurses’ quarters and the Doctors’ houses all have separate solar lighting system from that of the hospital. All the Solar lighting systems in the staff houses worked well in the FY.
Fuels and Oil
The main fuels were diesel, paraffin and petrol. Others included firewood, gas and charcoal.
Gas was used in the theatre, guest house and a few doctors’ houses. Firewood was used in the nutrition unit and charcoal mainly for the incinerator.