Two days after he was thrown out of a government hospital in Bhavnagar despite being too weak to even speak, a Haryana man died while undergoing treatment late on Friday morning with district authorities saying strong action will be taken against two doctors who had been suspended thereon.
The man, who was identified as “Satish” from Haryana, had struggled his way to Sir Takhtasinji General Hospital (STGH) of Bhavnagar late Monday night. While junior resident doctor Ramakrishna Darji admitted the man, senior resident doctor Smit Darji ordered the patient be removed from the hospital premises after primary treatment.
Acting on this order, Suresh Babubhai, a contract employee tasked with sweeping and cleaning, put Satish on a stretcher and dumped him in a nullah near Pill Garden at around 2 am on Tuesday, hospital authorities say. However, he was brought back to the hospital by onlookers and admitted again to general surgical ward of the same hospital within half an hour.
“We had shifted the patient from general surgical ward to ICU (intensive care unit) of surgical ward on Thursday evening after his condition deteriorated. However, the cellulitis infection had spread too deep in his body system and it lead to him developing septicemia. The patient died at 10:30 am on Tuesday while undergoing treatment,” additional medical superintendent of STGH, Dr Aravind Sisodia told The Indian Express.
Dr Sisodia said that the man, who is believed to be around 30, had no relatives in Bhavangar and when he came to hospital, he was physically too weak to even speak.
“At the time he was hospitalised, there was just a small ulcer on his left forearm and a few maggots inside it. But he was very lean and thin with very low immunity. We had been administering heavy doses of antibiotics but the patient did not respond to the treatment,” Dr Jitendra Ruparel, resident medical officer (RMO) of STGH said.
The treatment meted out by the doctors had triggered public outrage forcing the hospital authorities to suspend the two doctors for a month the same day while terminating the sweeper.
But Bhavnagar collector Pravin Solanki said this was not enough. “It is not the question of the type of treatment the patient was given but the inhuman behaviour by the doctors. We have already written to the dean of Bhavnagar Medical college saying mere suspension for one month is not enough and that sever punishment should be meted out to the erring doctors. We have reported the matter to the Chief Minister’s Office also,” the collector said on Friday.
Solanki said that district administration too did not have much information about the man from Haryana.
Dr Sisodiya also said the two resident doctors were at fault. “The doctors must have thought that curing the ulcer might prove a tedious job and therefore they tried to get rid of the patient. However, they forgot the call of duty in doing so. This is very unfortunate incident for the entire medical fraternity,” he said.
The RMO said they were waiting for the post-mortem report of the man for completing other formalities.