Medical apathy in Odisha hospitals; 2 die in separate incidents

Dhenkanal: In two separate cases of sheer medical negligence in Odisha, one person died in Dhenkanal after he was left unattended by doctor while a boy died in Jagatsinghpur in the absence of doctors.

In the first case, the patient died allegedly after he was left unattended inside the Dhenkanal district headquarters hospital today following an argument between two doctors over who would operate the patient.

According to sources, the victim, Trilokya Sahu, a resident of Gundurapashi village had complained of chest pain following which his family members admitted him to the Sriramchandrapur Community Health Centre in Gondia.

Later, Sahu was shifted to the district headquarters hospital where his treatment was delayed because of an argument between Dr Manoj Das and Dr Sangyan Das over who will operate the patient. Subsequently, Sahu died because of the medical negligence, alleged family members of the deceased.

“Dr Manoj asked Dr Pragyan to operate my brother. But when the latter refused to oblige, a heated argument broke out between the two doctors. While my brother was suffering from excruciating pain, the two doctors went inside the office. Left unattended, my brother died subsequently,” said Rabi Narayan Sahu, brother of the victim.

Meanwhile, relatives of Sahu staged a blockade near Gondia by placing the dead body on the road demanding a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

District Chief Medical Officer, Basudev Behera, said an investigation will be carried out into the incident.

“After being informed about the incident, I have ordered an inquiry to find out what has exactly happened,” Behera said.

As per latest information, an explanation has been sought from both the doctors regarding the incident.

In another case of medical apathy, tension ran high at the Jagatsinghpur district headquarters hospital following death a child as relatives of the deceased alleged medical negligence.

According to reports, eight-year-old Ismiel khan was brought in a critical condition to the hospital, where the doctor declared him brought dead.

Meanwhile, family members of Ismiel claimed while taking his body home they discovered that he is alive and still breathing. They returned to the hospital immediately to find the doctor absent.