Kin see medical negligence in students death, stage protest

29 June, 2016

The relatives of a student, who allegedly died due to the negligence of a doctor at the district hospital, staged a protest in front of the hospital here on Tuesday seeking the doctor’s suspension. 

The protesters raised slogans against the doctor and maintained that the doctor, who conducted the surgery, should come to the spot. The efforts of the police to pacify the protestors went futile. 

MLC Sunil Subramani, SP P Rajendra Prasad and Additional Deputy Commissioner M Sathish Kumar arrived at the spot and assured of initiating the needful measure. Later, the autopsy of the body was done. 

The deceased has been identified as Mamatha (16), a daughter of Mohan and Lalitha, residents of Kanive village near Kushalnagar in Somwarpet taluk. The girl was admitted to the hospital on June 1 after she complained of stomach ache. The doctor diagnosed the patient with appendicitis. Though surgery was conducted twice, Mamatha did not recover.

She was not able to move and hence, her parents admitted her to a private hospital in Mangaluru on June 18. But, the girl did not respond to the treatment and died on Monday.

The girl’s relativesbrought the body to the district hospital on Tuesday morning and staged a demonstration alleging that the doctor, who performed the surgery, was responsible for the death. The police prevented them from entering the hospital. More than 50 villagers, who arrived from Kanive village, gathered in front of the hospital and raised slogans against the doctor and sough the doctor’s dismissal. 

The claimed that the doctor had told the parents to purchase medicines worth Rs 75,000. He has charged Rs 5,000 for the surgery. 

The girl’s relatives also said that her parents had to avail loan to pay the bills. In Mangaluru, they have incurred an expense of Rs 2 lakh and they are in a very difficult situation now, they claimed. 

MLC Sunil Subramani, SP Rajendra Prasad and ADC Sathish Kumar visited the spot and conducted a meeting in the chamber of Surgeon Dr Muttappa. 

The MLC pacified the protesters and told the SP to register a case. The ADC provided a compensation of Rs 5,000 to her family members. The postmortem of the body was conducted later.

Action sought

The protesters charged that the doctors of the district hospital are practising in their private clinic during duty hours and sought the closure of these private clinics. 

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Sathish Kumar said the doctors should be present in the hospital from 9 am to 4 pm compulsorily. 

He said they may run their private clinics only after the duty hours. Action will be initiated against the doctors who give prescriptions to purchase medicine from outside drug stores.

MLC Sunil Subramani told the authorities concerned to convene a meeting of doctors within two days and provide information on the availability of medicines in the hospital.