The fight between two medical officers took a toll on the patients at Motihari Sadar hospital on Friday.
The hospital looked like a battlefield because of presence of supporters of the two medical officers, who were vying for a single post.
Around 400 patients visited the hospital but had to return because no doctor had come out to administer any service to the patients.
Police personnel were deployed in large numbers to meet any eventuality during the transfer of charge between the two doctors who were eyeing the civil surgeon’s post.
Deputy district commissioner, East Champaran, Nagendra Kumar Singh and Motihari sub-divisional magistrate Pankaj Kumar Gupta were among the senior officers who were ordered by the district magistrate to stay at the hospital for the entire day till the charge was handed over to Dr Meera Verma.
The district magistrate, Vinay Kumar, accepted the letter of joining of Verma at his official chamber and at the same time persuaded Dr Saroj Singh to hand over the charge to Verma.
Patna High Court on August 22 had issued an order in favour of Verma, asking her to join as the civil surgeon as soon as possible.
However, the repercussions were such that Singh and Verma’s supporters gathered at the Sadar hospital with musclemen as a show of supremacy.
As a result, patients suffered and not a single emergency case was attended to.
Nagina Sahni, who had suffered a fracture on Thursday night and had come from Senwariya village under Kalyanpur block of the district, was denied treatment.
“We had to take her to a private doctor who charged us exorbitant fee,” said Sahni’s husband, Alok a daily-wage earner.
Like Sahni, Sona Devi, Ram Kali, Manorama Devi and Hemanti Devi, who had thronged the hospital from Pakridayal, Malahi, Jamla and Lakhaura villages with complications, were turned away by doctors of the hospital.
“Everyone’s busy with the fight between the two doctors. There’s no one to take care of the patients,” said 42-year-old Ram Kali.