TikTok videos inside hospital: Odisha Health Minister seeks report

Bhubaneswar: Taking serious note of the TikTok videos made by some nurses inside the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Malkangiri District Headquarters Hospital, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has sought a report over the incident.

The Health Minster has asked the concerned officials to explain what action has been taken against the four nurses who made the videos.

Multiple videos of the four on-duty nurses- Ruby Ray, Tapasi Biswas, Swapna Bala and Nandini Ray- singing, dancing and frolicking inside the SNCU in their official uniforms, had gone viral on social media.

The hospital authorities on Thursday sent the nurses on a compulsory leave for an indefinite period.

Malkangiri Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Ajit Kumar Mohanty had issued a showcause notice to the nurses asking them to reply within 24 hours.

The CDMO also informed that further action will be taken against the nurses after an investigation into the incident. “A joint inquiry committee will be formed for a thorough investigation into the matter. We will hand over the report to the higher authority and based on their advice further action will be taken against the nurses,” he said.

TikTok is an app for creating and sharing short music videos.

The four nurses in their reply said that they made video clips only after duty hours. They, however, admitted to the “mistake” of shooting the video in the official uniform, the official said. The SNCU was set up at the hospital for treatment of critically ill new born children as Malkangiri recorded high rate of infant mortality.

(With Agency inputs)