PATNA: Health department in Bihar came under fire for the second consecutive time in the past five days after TV visuals showed a man carrying his seriously-sick baby fitted with oxygen mask in arms with other relatives carrying oxygen cylinder after the hospital authorities refused to arrange for ambulance or stretcher for him.
The shocking incident took place in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), considered to be the premier hospital in the whole of state, on Thursday.
As per reports, a man had admitted his child to the PMCH after the baby was noticed suffering from serious cardiac problems.
Finding his situation critical, the doctors at the hospital fitted the baby with oxygen mask and asked his attendants to shift the patient to the nearby Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC), some 200 meters from the main hospital.
However, as the hospital authorities rejected his demand to provide him trolley or ambulance, the attendants had to carry the child in arms with much difficulty.
“We demanded for ambulance or stretcher but they told us to go on foot saying it IGIC is located close-by,” one of the attendants told the media.
TV footages showed one of the attendants carrying the baby fitted with oxygen mask in his arms and going to the IGIC on foot as other attendants hold the oxygen cylinder in hands.
The incident caused storms in the Bihar state assembly on Friday as the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members raised the issue in the House and sought actions against the erring health authorities.
“We have issued a show-chase notice to the head of the paediatric department in the PMCH and action will be taken after the probe report comes,” Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey told the House. He added the inquiry has already begun into the matter.
However, Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav ridiculed the prevailing health situation in the state. “No ambulance, no stretcher…That’s the deadly condition of health in BJP-led Nitish government,” tweeted Tejashwi who served as the deputy chief minister in the previous Grand Alliance government.
A similar kind of incident had taken place at a government hospital in Saharsa district earlier this week when a road accident victim was operated upon in torchlight by heath officials as there was no power at the time of surgery. The woman identified as Ruby Devi, 45, ultimately died of alleged botched surgery and lack of proper medicare on Thursday night.
Victim family has now blamed “gross negligence” for the death of the woman. “She died due to gross negligence of doctors and hospital authorities. We are now planning to seek legal recourse,” one of victim’s relatives identified as Onkar told the media today.
The woman, a government school teacher, had gone for morning walk along with her husband when the couple was hit by a speeding police jeep. While her husband died on the spot, the woman died on Thursday.
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