A SENIOR Medical Officer (SMO) of Haryana cadre was shunted out of the MLA hostel dispensary in Chandigarh and transferred to Mewat on deputation as he did not visit a Cabinet Minister to inspect his wound and instead sent a nurse who advised ‘wrong treatment.’
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma recently suffered an injury on his foot. The ‘wrong’ treatment as advised by the nurse resulted in his contracting an infection. The minister had to be admitted in PGI, where he underwent a surgery.
The Haryana government is also likely to initiate departmental proceedings against the doctor and the nurse. Dr R S Chauhan, senior medical officer, had remained in MLA Hostel dispensary in Sector 3 of Chandigarh for more than a decade.
Ram Bilas Sharma, a BJP MLA from Mahendergarh assembly constituency, who is a diabetic, suffered an injury on his right foot on August 26. Diabetics should take extra care whenever there is a wound as it could lead to diabetic foot. A message was sent to the MLA hostel dispensary to check on the minister. However, instead of going himself, Dr Chauhan chose to send a nurse, Surinder Kumar, to the minister’s official residence.
Sources said that till September 1, the nurse kept advising the minister for fermentation of the wound. She also advised the minister to dip his wounded foot in hot and saline water. However, the treatment failed to provide any relief and he developed an infection.
As the injury aggravated, Sharma consulted a friend, who advised him to visit PGI. Sharma went to PGI, where he was operated upon on September 6. He continues to be admitted in PGI. His health was improving, doctors said.
Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Kamla Singh said, “Dr Chauhan was the in-charge of the MLA hostel dispensary, but he did not even once visit the minister to see his wound. The staff nurse didn’t have adequate knowledge and advised the minister to dip his wounded foot in hot and saline water. Such a treatment is never advised to a diabetic patient. Thus, both Dr Chauhan and the nurse Surinder Kaur have been transferred to Mewat.”
Sources said Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was also apprised of the chain of events and he asked DGHS Kamla Singh to take strict action against the errant staff. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also told about the incident.
Ram Bilas Sharma’s personal secretary, Pradeep said, “As per protocol, the doctor should have visited the minister to check his condition.”
Dr R S Chauhan told The Indian Express, “It is the government’s decision. I have been relieved of my duties today and I am leaving for Mewat.”
After the matter came to light, DGHS Kamla Singh had issued a showcause notice to Chauhan. She also visited the MLA hostel dispensary. After she found Chauhan’s explanation non-satisfactory, the deputation orders of Dr Chauhan and the nurse Surinder Kaur were issued.
“They realise their mistake. Also, I have informed them that a register should be maintained that has the medical history of all MLAs,” said DG (Health).