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Wednesday , August 8 , 2012
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Bed plea and rage of helpless daughter

Noorjahan speaks to Bhatacharya at BMCH. (Munshi Muklesur Rahaman)

Burdwan, Aug. 7: A young woman today requested a group of MLAs visiting Burdwan Medical College and Hospital to arrange for a bed for her mother, who has been lying on the floor for nearly two months.

Mansura Bewa, 48, who was admitted with jaundice and a stone in her kidney, could not be allotted a bed in the crowded female ward.

When the six MLAs, members of the Assembly standing committee on health, visited the hospital this afternoon, Mansura’s 27-year-old daughter ran towards them with folded hands and requested them to ensure that her mother got proper treatment.

“Sir, please listen to me. I am a very poor woman. My mother has been lying on the floor of the hospital for the past two months. She has not got any treatment,” Noorjahan, whose father died nine years ago, said. The Mangalkot resident works as a domestic help.

The relatives of other patients also requested the team, led by Trinamul MLA from Siliguri Rudranath Bhattacharya, to help Mansura.

Bhattacharya, who is also a doctor, asked Noorjahan to tell him her problems.

“Sir, I don’t have any money. I have already spent nearly Rs 4,000 on blood tests, X-rays and medicines. Now, the doctor has suggested a CT scan of the abdomen. More medicines are needed. I will have to immediately arrange for Rs 5,000,” she said.

Bhattacharya asked hospital superintendent A.B. Samanta to do the needful.

When she approached Samanta, who was accompanying the team of MLAs, he asked her to come back later.

Noorjahan got furious, crumpled a prescription she was holding and threw it at Samanta. “I don’t need your treatment. I know my mother will not live,” she said.

The team, which also included four legislators from the ruling party and one from the Forward Bloc, had entered the medicine store by then and did not notice this.

Later this afternoon, Noorjahan found an empty bed in the female ward. She picked up her mother and put her on the bed without telling anyone.

The deputy superintendent of the hospital, Tapas Ghosh, denied that Mansura had not received any treatment. “We will help her as much as possible,” Ghosh said.

Superintendent Samanta was evasive. “Please speak to the chairman of the standing committee,” he said.