Protest at General Hospital as no doctor on duty at paediatric, surgery OPs
The death of a newborn sparked tension at the Women and Child (W&C) Hospital and the adjoining District Medical Officer's Office here on Tuesday when relatives of the newborn took out a protest march, carrying the body of the newborn, alleging medical negligence and demanding action against the doctors.
The baby, the firstborn of Anil and Manju of the Nehru Trophy Ward, was delivered at 11 p.m. on July 1 at the W&C Hospital near the Alappuzha Beach. However, following umbilical cord complications, the baby was shifted to the Medical College Hospital at Vandanam. The condition of the baby worsened and at 6.20 a.m. on Tuesday, the baby died.
Relatives of the baby, accusing two doctors of medical negligence, took out a protest march to the W&C Hospital and the DMO Office, demanding action against the doctors. The protesters, who were carrying the body of the baby, barged into the DMO's conference hall where a medical officers' meeting was on and placed the body on the conference table before submitting a memorandum to DMO K.M. Sirabudin.
The protest was called off after Dr. Sirabudin, who said he had asked for a report into the incident, assured the relatives of action within 24 hours.
Doctors on leave
Meanwhile, another protest was witnessed at the Alappuzha General Hospital, after two out of the only three doctors went on leave from the Paediatric and Surgery Outpatient wings on Tuesday. Parents of hundreds of children, ailing from viral fever and similar diseases, complained that the only doctor in the Paediatric OP had gone on leave, with the Superintendent of the Hospital posting a notice on the OP door saying that there would be no doctor on Tuesday.
The Superintendent, S. Ushadevi, told The Hindu that the paediatric OP wing had only one doctor post since the government was aiming to send patients to the four or five paediatricians at the W&C Hospital. The doctor had taken a weekly off on Tuesday. Same was the case with the Surgery OP.