Negligence slur against Dainadubi PHC, residents rally in protest

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Feb 28: The loss of a life which could have otherwise been saved through speedy medical attention has raised the specter of negligence at the Dainadubi PHC prompting NGOs to stage a sit in protest demanding stern action against the head of the PHC.
It may be noted here that a woman had attempted suicide by drinking Brashmol oil and was rushed to the PHC by her family members. However she was unable to receive medical treatment as the doctor who was supposed to be on duty there was nowhere to be found.

Hearing the plight of the victim’s family, members of different NGOs, including Dainadubi to Wageasi Public Joint Action Committee, All A’chik Youth Federation, Garo Students Union, Multipurpose Development and Akawe Mothers group, visited the PHC to inquire about the situation.
In the wake of this visit, the NGO members have alleged that the doctor had verbally abused them when they went to meet him. The medical doctor also filed a police FIR at Dainadubi accusing the public of using intimidation and pressure.
In the midst of all this the family was unable to get their patient treated at the same hospital and had to be taken to Goalpara hospital but unfortunately she died on the way.
Anger spilled over as news trickled in about the death of the young woman who failed to receive treatment at the PHC resulting in a verbal war between the resultant protestors and the medical team at Dainadubi.
On Tuesday a large procession was held at Dainadubi and people with banners and posters raised slogans against the medical officials for failing to provide care to the patient resulting in her death.
They also criticized the doctor for filing a police FIR against the NGOs and demanded that he withdraws it.
The doctor under fire however has refused to withdraw the police FIR.
At the same time, they have written a strong complaint letter to Mendipathar MLA, Marthon J Sangma, demanding disciplinary action against the doctor.
In their letter they complained that the doctor is never found on duty and when members of the public approach him he uses abusive language. Even when the patients request an ambulance they are refused on the grounds that there is no fuel or driver, they claimed.
Meanwhile, the police security has been beefed up in Dainadubi hospital area to prevent any unsavoury incidents. The DMHO D K Sangma rushed to the site on Tuesday and met with the doctors and other officials to try and bring back normalcy to the health centre.


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