Woman Patient’s Death Over ‘Medical Negligence’: Gurudev Hospital In Berhampur Sealed

Berhampur: After massive protests erupted in the city following the death of a newly-married woman allegedly due to medical negligence, the Berhampur district administration on Friday sealed Gurudev hospital in Goilundi Road here, over violations of prescribed norms under Clinical Establishment Act.

At around 6 pm on February 17, Aishwarya Singhdeo (24) was admitted to Gurudev hospital under Baidyanathpur police station after she complained of severe stomach ache. The doctors immediately advised her family to conduct her appendicitis surgery to which they eventually agreed. However, her condition reportedly worsened post-surgery.

Aishwarya’s family alleged that there were no doctors to attend her when she was wreathing in pain. Moreover, the hospital lacked ventilator and other necessary equipment, they said.

Moments later, she breathed her last at the hospital.

“She died due to medical negligence. We are demanding immediate arrest of the doctor, anaesthetist and hospital owner,” said Rudraprasad Singhdeo, Aishwarya’s relative.

It is not for the first time that allegations of negligence in treatment were levelled against Gurudev hospital authorities. Sources said in the past six months, as many as three patients have died allegedly due to medical negligence at the hospital.

Taking cognizance of the recent incident, Berhampur district Collector directed a squad comprising officials of the health department, fire services, police and administrative body to conduct a probe.

“Collector had constituted a squad and a confidential report was submitted on Friday and the hospital has been sealed for the time being till it complies with prescribed norms,” said Berhampur Sub-Collector, Shinde Dattatreya Bhausab.

Ganjam District Medical Officer, Dr. Rajendra Sahu informed, “At present there are 16 post-operative patients undergoing treatment at the hospital. The hospital has been sealed while the authorities have been asked not to admit or run OPD though the doctors can treat admitted patients till they recover.”