Rashmi Rekha Das

At a time when the Odisha government is making tall claims of providing best healthcare facilities, the ground reality is completely opposite. Else, a security guard of a hospital would have not been found administering saline to a patient in a hospital in Keonjhar district.

In a sorry state of affair, a security guard of Champua Sub-divisional hospital in Keonjhar district has been found administering saline to a patient instead of doctors and nurses.

According to reports, a minor girl suffering from anemia was admitted to get blood transfusion. When she was undergoing blood transfusion, she complained of severe pain and started yelling. 

Family members of the girl rushed to call the doctor and nurse, but in vain.

As doctors and nurses were unavailable at hospital, the security guard chipped in and provided required treatment to the patient. 

Meanwhile, the video of security guards providing treatment to the minor girl has gone viral in social media.

Upon being asked, the Champua Hospital in-charge said “Action would be taken against him after an investigation."

Lawyer Ranjan Pradhan said, “Despite having so many doctors, it is shameful to see that a security guard has administered a saline. It exposes chinks in healthcare services. Doctors of this hospital are not interested to serve patients. Besides, the district administration is least bothered about it which is why such incidents are occurring very often. Stringent action should be taken against the concerned security guard.”

Sub-divisional Medical Officer Umakant Sahu said, “He should not do such work. He was supposed to inform nurse. He did it for the sake of helping the patient writhing in pain. A meeting will be held today to decide action to be taken against him. He has been warned not to repeat the same mistake in future.”