The Telegraph
Saturday , October 1 , 2016

TB death spurs NH blockade

Bokaro, Sept. 30: Family and relatives of a 50-year-old man, a tuberculosis patient who died during treatment at Bokaro Sadar Hospital, staged a blockade with the body on NH-23 near Chas bridge on Friday, alleging negligence on part of doctors.

Supported by dozens of local residents, deceased Shyam Narain Gupta's widow Vinita Devi and mother Phulmati Devi also demanded Rs 3 lakh as compensation.

The blockade, which began around 11.30am, was withdraw around noon after the Chas police promised help.

Phulmati, a resident of Chas, alleged that doctors at the sadar hospital did not give proper care to her son.

"His condition would not have deteriorated and he would have survived if the doctors had taken proper care," she claimed.

However, Bokaro civil surgeon Dr S. Murmu said Shyam was admitted to the sadar hospital on September 20 in a serious condition. "He was a habitual drinker and was in the last stage of TB. Doctors at Chas had advised him medicines and asked him to quit dinking. But, he neither stopped drinking nor took medicines regularly," Murmu said.

Murmu further said that the attending doctors at the sadar hospital had asked the patient's kin that Shyam's condition was very critical and he should be shifted to RIMS, Ranchi. "But the family members insisted on keeping him here," he added.

Shyam succumbed on Thursday evening during treatment. "Initially, the family members alleged negligence. But when they were shown all past medical records of Shyam, they calmed down but demanded an ambulance to ferry the body to crematorium ghat in Chas. Later, we came o know that they had put up a blockade on the highway," the civil surgeon said.

Chas thana OC Kamal Kishore said the situation was under control. "We rushed to the spot and persuaded the protesters to withdraw the blockade which was causing problem to common masses. But the kin insisted on government help. Finally, after I promised all help as per government rules and gave Rs 2,000 in cash to the mother, they withdrew the stir," he added.

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