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Cassian Baliarsingh

A day after a purported video of an employee of Srirama Chandra Bhanja (SCB) Medical College and Hospital  consuming alcohol inside a ticket counter of the premier health institute went viral, the hospital authorities on Monday swung into action and suspended the contractual worker.

The contractual employee identified as Santosh Kumar Dash used to work as a lift operator, sources said. Moreover, the managing director of the service-providing firm that had appointed Dash has been served a show-cause notice and directed to terminate Dash from his service.

Apart from his immediate suspension, the hospital authorities have warned him against entering the campus of the health institution and will not be allowed to work as service provider in any capacity on the hospital premises.

The hospital authorities were left red-faced after a video of Dash consuming alcohol in the ticket counter of the trauma casualty went viral on various social media platforms. In the viral video, we can see Dash drinking alcohol in presence of a female staff. Shockingly, the female worker showed no sign of protest.

When spotted on camera, he casually smiles and continues drinking, raising serious concerns about the state of affairs at the hospital. It is alleged that it is a daily affair inside the hospital premises and other staff were complicit about it.

When contacted, hospital administrator Dr Abhinash Rout said that necessary steps would be taken to prevent such incidents in the future. Strict and surprise visits will be conducted to step up the vigil inside the hospital premises.

Worth mentioning, a purported video of a man taking bribe from a youth on pretext of providing him a job at the premier health institute had also gone viral in internet in the month of July this year.

In the video, the man was seen sitting on a motorcycle and taking Rs 20,000 bribe and documents from a youth promising him a job at the hospital.

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