Viral Video: Dead man administered injection, saline in Odisha hospital

Jharsuguda: At a time when allegations of the healthcare system in Odisha being in a shambles are making headlines, a viral video purportedly showing nurses giving injection and saline drips to a dead man in a hospital that too, in the home district of the State Health Minister Naba Das has raised serious concerns.

As per reports, one Kshetramani Kusum of Jalimal village had consumed poison following which he was rushed to the Jharsuguda District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) by his family members. But the doctors at the DHH allegedly didn’t attend the patient for almost an hour due to which he died.

However, even after Kusum’s death, nurses at the hospital reportedly administered injection and saline to the dead body allegedly in a bid to hide death due to medical negligence.

“I requested the hospital staff to call the doctor and start treatment immediately, but the doctor came only after an hour. After the death, the nurses started administering injection and saline. When I asked why they are doing it now, they didn’t answer anything and left,” alleged brother of the deceased.

After the video related to the incident went viral, a doctor at the DHH said that the person was not declared dead; hence, the nurse tried to treat him and so, she should not be blamed. “As no doctor had declared the person dead, the nurses were doing their work. It’s not their fault,” said Tanuja Patra, doctor at the DHH, Jharsuguda.

Following the allegations of medical negligence, Jharsuguda CDMO in-charge, Dolamani Patel refuted the charges. Responding to OTV over phone, Patel said, “No injection was given after the patient was declared dead. Injection might have been given before he was declared dead by the doctors. It’s an attempt to defame us.”