Be­fore Raje’s ar­rival, hospi­tal staff changed bed­sheets


MIN­UTES BE­FORE Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje ar­rived at Bharat­pur’s RBM Hospi­tal to meet those in­jured in the wall col­lapse, the staff were work­ing fu­ri­ously. They were busy fix­ing the ex­haust fan and chang­ing bed­sheets that, the pa­tients al­leged, hadn’t been changed in a while.

“Now they think of chang­ing the sheets? Be­cause the CM is com­ing. At least we won’t have to lis­ten to the groans and screams of those in this room,” said Navin Ku­mar (19), who worked as a waiter at the wed­ding.

By Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the hospi­tal ward only had six pa­tients with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Dhar­men­dra Singh, the groom at the wed­ding, said they had called the po­lice and the am­bu­lance. While he could not reach the for­mer, the lat­ter took over an hour to ar­rive. He then called his friend Vikas in Jaipur, who called friends in Bharat­pur to help the dis­tressed fam­i­lies. A hasty res­cue oper­a­tion en­sued.

His wife Asha (28), who lost eight mem­bers of her ex­tended fam­ily, was in­con­solable. “She won’t talk,” Dhar­men­dra said.

State Health Min­is­ter Kalicha­ran Saraf vis­ited RBM hospi­tal and said there would be a probe into the power cut, which had “made the task of doc­tors dif­fi­cult”. Raje as­sured the in­jured that the gov­ern­ment “would stand by them”.

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