Sharmili Mallick

A face-off occurred between a doctor and a patient's attendant at MKCG Medical College and Hospital (MKCGMCH) in Berhampur on Monday over alleged poor treatment at the premier hospital of southern Odisha.

The patient's attendant has been detained after an FIR at the Baidyanathpur Police Station by Dr. Asish Anshuman Panda, a house surgeon at MKCG Medical College and Hospital, yesterday.

A counter FIR has also been lodged against Dr Asish for allegedly misbehaving and abusing the attendant of the patient, her daughter Krishna and son-in-law Gobinda Sahoo.

As per reports, a woman from G Udayagiri in Kandhamal district was admitted to the Medicine ward of the hospital three days back after she suffered a paralytic shock. As her health condition worsened, the doctors at the hospital advised the woman's attendant to shift her to another hospital for better treatment.

However, an altercation erupted between the patient's daughter Krishna with Dr Asish after the former alleged poor treatment given at the hospital. The altercation deteriorated after Krishna's husband allegedly attacked the doctor with a helmet.

"My mother is admitted at the hospital since the last three day after suffering a paralysis attack. As her health condition was deteriorating, the doctors at the hospital told us to take her somewhere else for treatment. I was talking to my husband for shifting my mother to some private hospital when the doctor started arguing with us and even threatened my husband to sent him to jail for three years," alleged the complainant Krishna.

"When I took out my mobile phone to click photographs, he snatched it away and even touched me inappropriately. When my husband protested his act, the doctor assaulted him," she added.

On the other hand, Dr Asish, however refuted the allegations and said, "I was attending a patient in the ward when I heard the patient's family members were abusing some doctors. When I asked the reason for such behaviour, they started hurling abuses at me. At the same time, they were clicking some photographs. I told them filming or photographing inside the ward is not allowed and asked to hand over the mobile phone, they misbehaved with me and even beat me with a helmet on my chest," the doctor alleged.

"Doctors have become a soft targets and this is not the first instance at the hospital. The law should take its own course and stringent action should be taken against the guilty," demanded the doctor.

Further investigation into the incident is underway by the Baidyanathpur Police.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)