Negligence by government hospital doctors alleged as tribal loses leg

02 January, 2017

BHEEMGUDA:A tribal has lost one of his legs through amputation due to alleged negligence on the part of government hospital doctors.
Attram Manku, a Kolam tribe farmer of Bheemguda tribal hamlet in Dhantanpelli gram panchayat, was suffering from gangrene for the last four months.
On December 16, Mancherial area hospital doctors amputated  his right leg.
His daughter Soyam Jangubai, said that had the government hospital doctors diagnosed the disease in time, her father would not have lost his leg.

She said her father was suffering from  pain due to an injury on his right leg, which he suffered while working in his field. When he went to Dhantanpelli Primary Health Center (PHC), the medical officer referred him  to RIMS government hospital for better treatment. But, the doctors there did not give proper treatment.  In fact, instead of treating for gangrene, they were just cleaning his wounds, she alleged.
As time passed, his situation became worse and was shifted to Mancherial Area Hospital, where his leg was amputated. His daughter alleged that her father lost his leg due to negligence of  RIMS hospital.
According to medical officer of Danthanpelli D Kiran Kumar, Attram Manku’s case came to light when the hospital staff went to distribute mosquito nets in the surrounding villages. After knowing the seriousness of the disease, a medical team rushed Attram Manku to Mancherial area Hospital for treatment on  Dec14 and  he was operated on Dec 16.

As per rule, community health workers should visit villages  regularly and give a report to PHC about patients, but this is  not happening. The villagers complained that no one visits their village. The village is four km from Danthanpelli  PHC and it does not have proper road connectivity.
Despite medical negligence coming to light, the district administration and district medical and Health officials have  not taken action  against the medical staff of RIMS.
The victim has three acres of cotton and other crops. Now, there is none to help him to take up cultivation.
Additional Medical and Health officer (ADMHO) Agency T Prabhakar Reddy claimed that Manku’s  family members were getting gangrene genetically. “His fifth daughter Anusuya  also was suffering from gangrene and her small finger of the right leg was removed through surgery on Sunday. Doctors visit the tribal hamlets regularly,” he said.
Tribal organisation leaders demanded compensation to the family. They also said the medical staff responsible for the alleged negligence should be punished.

‘They just cleaned his wounds’
Manku’s daughter Soyam Jangubai, said her father was suffering from pain due to an injury on his right leg. He was referred to the RIMS hospital by a medical officer. But, the doctors there did not give proper treatment. In fact, instead of treating for gangrene, they were just cleaning his wounds, she alleged. As time passed, his situation became worse and was shifted to Mancherial Area Hospital, where his leg was amputated. His daughter alleged that her father lost his leg due to negligence of  RIMS hospital.

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