SHILLONG, July 21: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Deputy Chairman Pyniaid Sing Syiem submitted a complaint to the state government against the Shillong Civil Hospital for its alleged failure to provide proper medical assistance to the patients.
In a letter submitted to the Health Minister AL Hek on Monday, Syiem said, “I urge the government to immediately look into the matter and take necessary action against the people responsible for such lapses in the functioning of the hospital."
A similar complaint was also submitted to the Director of Health Services, East Khasi Hills District, urging the authority to take necessary action against the failure which he said would affect people’s precious lives.
Syiem informed that such incidents are frequently happening in the hospital where many, mainly from rural areas, face problems of not getting adequate medical attention from the hospital authority.
His complaint came after one woman Bantilis Nongrum died on Sunday evening because of alleged negligence by the doctors on duty at the civil hospital.
Syiem also informed that Nongrum, daughter of Mistora Nongrum of Riangmang, Mairang, was admitted in Shillong Civil hospital with a complaint of severe fever on July 19.
She was attended by doctors only at the emergency room when she was admitted in the hospital, Syiem said but added that after she was taken to the Female Medical Ward nobody attended to her.
“Despite several complaints made by her elder sister Ailis Nongrum to the nurses to send for the doctors to attend to her sister, she was merely sent away with an excuse that the doctors were busy in the Emergency Room,” Syiem said.
Bantilis Nongrum passed away the next day at around 5:30 p.m.
Syiem was of the opinion that Nongrum died due to the negligence of some doctors who failed to attend to her medical needs. He also demanded stern action against those responsible for such negligence.