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Updated: January 25, 2014 15:14 IST

Probe ordered into KGH inadequacies

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Solomon Arokia Raj
The Hindu
Solomon Arokia Raj

Kin of patient who died near casualty ward allege negligence

Collector Solomon Arokia Raj on Friday appointed Joint Collector Pravin Kumar as investigating officer to look into complaints of inadequacies in the treatment of patients in King George Hospital.

Meanwhile, family members, relatives, and friends of B. Golla, a 38-year-old labourer from Madhavadhara, who died near the casualty ward of the KGH on Thursday afternoon, staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate on Friday along with the dead body, alleging that doctors did not attend on him.

Telugu Desam Party leader S. Panduranga Rao also participated in the protest.

Revenue Divisional Officer J. Venkata Murali promised the protesters that a post-mortem would be done on the body to ascertain the facts. Help under ‘Apatbandhu’ scheme to Golla’s family and admission of his children in Government Social Welfare Residential School were also promised.

Superintendent clarifies

KGH Superintendent M. Madhusudhana Babu on Friday said an inquiry into the complaint of negligence revealed that the patient was not brought to the emergency ward’s operation theatre at the time given to him.

He said that Golla was suffering from an infection on his right foot and pus was oozing out.

Local dressing was done at the surgical OP and the doctor told him to undergo tests, including one for sugar level, and be at the emergency operation theatre at 5 p.m. to remove the pus.

Golla’s wife made him lie down on a cement bench outside the OP building and went to the 24-hour lab of the hospital to hand over the blood samples.

The patient remained on the bench even as the surgeon was looking for him at the operation theatre.

The patient’s wife, after returning from the lab with reports, found him unconscious on the bench.

She rushed to the Casualty Ward seeking help and when Golla was brought to the ward on a stretcher, he was already dead, Dr. Madhusudhana Babu said.

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