With Modasa and surrounding areas still struggling to control the outbreak of Hepatitis B,police late on Saturday lodged an FIR against two doctors and charged them with negligence and culpable homicide.
The police said the doctors,Dr Govind Patel and his son Dr Chintan Patel,who ran a clinic right opposite the Public Health Centre in Modasa town and who now are absconding,were responsible for spreading the disease.
They said the doctors,who treated most of the Hepatitis B patients over the past six months,used to re-use syringes. Modasa Circle Health Officer Arjusinh Bhati along with an investigating team,who inspected the clinic,found that biomedical waste was not being disposed of properly and there were signs of syringes being re-used.
While last week,eight doctors were booked under the Private Medical Practitioners Act,this is the first time a doctor has been booked for culpable homicide in the case.
So far the disease has claimed 38 lives and affected at least 125 others in Modasa,Ahmedabad,Vatrak and Himmatnagar.
The police said there was enough proof against Dr Patel and his son. Modasa Police Inspector R M Bhadoriya said,The offence has been registered under IPC Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life),278 (making atmosphere noxious to health) besides 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 114.
The surveillance team of district health officials found enough proof during their investigations to come to the conclusion that the doctor has been re-using infected syringes to have caused the spread of the virus. Investigations are on and we are recording statements of the members of the investigating team as well as the affected patients, he said.