Sudden influx at Bowring Hospital alarms other patients; doctors say almost all were treated as out-patients

Doctors at State-run hospitals — Bowring and Lady Curzon, NIMHANS and K.C. General — had their hands full on Friday when some 60 victims of the rioting at the City Civil Court complex were rushed there. Although there were rumours that one of the victims, a police constable, had died of his injuries, doctors denied it and said almost all had been treated as out-patients.

Two policemen have been kept under observation at the emergency casualty ward of NIMHANS for head injuries. Hospital Medical Superintendent V.L. Sateesh said a decision on whether the two need surgery would be taken on Saturday after all the tests were done. “They have suffered mild head injuries and are stable,” he said.

Patients alarmed

Anxiety and tension prevailed for some time at Bowring Hospital where 32 of the injured were taken. Although all were out-patients, the sudden rush of injured journalists, policemen and lawyers created a sense of fear and anxiety in the other patients at the hospital.

“Although there was no chaos and the sudden influx was managed well, other patients and their relatives were a little disturbed. The situation could be managed because it happened in the morning when doctors of all our units were on duty at the casualty,” a source in the hospital said. Hospital Resident Medical Officer Bhanu Murthy said of the 32 injured, Police Constable A.R. Narayanswamy was referred to NIMHANS as his condition was considered critical.

The other victims who were treated at Bowring Hospital included the Principal District City Civil and Sessions Judge R.B. Bhudihal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Division) G. Ramesh, Narayana Swamy (Head Constable, Kodigehalli police station), Kiran Kumar (KSRP), Lingappa (Constable, Viveknagar police station), Anitha Jain, Ravikumar and Gundu Rao (journalists), Lokesh, Ramanjaneya, Srinivas, Venkatanarayana, Suresh and Mohan (lawyers).

While six persons (four lawyers and two policemen) were treated at NIMHANS as out-patients, seven were attended to at K.C. General Hospital.

CT scans normal

Dr. Sateesh said apart from two policemen who were kept under observation, four advocates had come on their own to the hospital's casualty.“All the four advocates underwent CT scans and other tests and the reports were normal. All were treated as out-patients and have been referred to other general hospitals.” R.L. Chandraprabha, Medical Superintendent of K.C. General Hospital, said seven were treated there.

“Barring a police constable, who is suspected to have suffered a fracture in his left index finger, all others had minor injuries; all of them were treated as out-patients,” she said.

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