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REALITY CHECK: Health Minister R. Ashok visiting a patient affected by chikungunya at Jyothi Nagar Police Quarters in Mysore on Friday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
REALITY CHECK: Health Minister R. Ashok visiting a patient affected by chikungunya at Jyothi Nagar Police Quarters in Mysore on Friday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

Minister makes a surprise visit to K.R. Hospital; admonishes doctors who came late Minister inspects K.R. Hospital; admonishes doctors who are not punctual

MYSORE: Doctors of Krishna Rajendra Hospital here who came late for duty on Friday morning were surprised to see Health Minister R. Ashok on the hospital premises. Nearly half an hour past the scheduled time to report for duty, 17 doctors walked in one after the other only to be admonished by the Minister in the glare of the media and public.

Mr. Ashok, who said that his inspection followed a series of complaints against the doctors by public, arrived at the hospital by 8.45 a.m.

He then met Dr. Geetha Avadhani, the Head of Surgery Department and acting Superintendent of the hospital at her chamber.

He asked Dr. Avadhani to accompany him to the superintendent's chamber where the attendance register was kept, and started waiting for the doctors. After 10 minutes past 9 a.m., the grace period for late arrivals, doctors continued to arrive one after the other.

Show-cause notice

The Minister told presspersons that six doctors walked into the hospital after 9.45 a.m. He said, "I am on a surprise visit to understand the ground realities. Several people had complained about the behaviour of doctors in the government hospitals. Some even come and sign the register and go out to continue private practice."

Later, he said that he had directed authorities to issue show-cause notices to the doctors who were late and action be initiated against them.

Anthrax scare

On the outbreak of anthrax in Devgalli in Hunsur taluk, Mr. Ashok said that there was no need to panic. Five cattle heads were suspected to be infected with anthrax.

The blood samples were sent to Bangalore, and the results would be known in two days, he said. Six persons who had shown symptoms of anthrax are under observation, so were 180 persons who had consumed meat of the infected animal, he added.

Regarding steps taken to prevent the spread of anthrax, the Minister said, "All residents of eight neighbouring villages of Devgalli have been vaccinated, and in all 21 villages falling in the 10 km radius would be vaccinated immediately. The movement of livestock from these villages has been restricted to prevent the spread of the disease."

Further, Mr. Ashok said that a high-level committee had been formed under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner comprising district health officer, officials of Forest Department and Animal Husbandry Department to monitor the situation. The committee would monitor the local situation on a daily basis and update the State Government, he said.

The Minister later visited Jyothinagar Police Quarters where suspected chikungunya cases were reported a couple of days ago and enquired about the health of the patients. He also promised that steps would be taken to prevent the spread of chikungunya.

For complaints

Public aggrieved over deficiency in service in government hospitals can directly complain to Health Minister. The public can call on 98440-44123 to lodge complaints.

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