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Bereaved Damoh collector vows to procure ambulance for dist hospital

Damoh district collector Srinivas Sharma whose mother died due to lack of timely basic medical treatment, on Sunday said that he will purchase an ambulance and set up an intensive care unit at the district hospital so that people do not suffer the same fate like his mother.

bhopal Updated: Jun 13, 2016 17:01 IST

Damoh district collector Srinivas Sharma whose mother died due to lack of timely basic medical treatment, on Sunday said that he will purchase an ambulance and set up an intensive care unit at the district hospital so that people do not suffer the same fate like his mother.

“My mother couldn’t get timely treatment as the hospital didn’t have functional equipment but I have no complaint against doctors as they did their best with whatever resources they had,” Sharma told Hindustan Times.

“I am now concerned with hospital having functional equipment and basic infrastructure as I don’t want this to happen to anyone’s mother,” he said.

“I will spend from my own pocket to set up an intensive care unit (ICU) at the district hospital and a buy a functional ambulance for the hospital.”

Collector not in favour of any inquiry but wants healthcare infra to improve

Sharma further said that he was not in favour of any inquiry into the incident but wanted the healthcare infrastructure in the district to improve.

Sharma couldn’t get basic medical facilities for treatment of his mother, Shanti Devi Sharma,78, who was rushed to the district hospital after she complained of chest pain.

When she was brought to the hospital , there was no doctor on duty. A doctor arrived after repeated calls and he told the collector that the ventilator at the hospital was not working and asked him to take his mother to Jabalpur.

But the ambulance’s ventilator too was not in a working condition and finally, an ambulance from Sagar, about 78 km from Domoh, was called and his mother was rushed to Jabalpur where she died at a hospital.

The death of collector’s mother has exposed loopholes in the healthcare delivery in the district hospitals of the state.

Following the incident, HT spoke to a number of officials at the district hospital, which revealed that despite many requisitions, the hospital was not provided the required resources or functional equipment for effective delivery of the healthcare.

Even 48-hour after the incident, the health department has not taken any corrective steps. Sources said the district hospital faces a number of problems, including shortage manpower and lack of infrastructure.

The hospital on average gets 800 to 1,000 patients every day in the outpatient department and 600 to 700 patients are admitted at the hospital on average every month.

The hospital has 10 wards but no intensive care unit. Sources said when the collector’s mother was brought for treatment, the operation theatre was used as an ICU. Even in the in operation theatre, one of the three air conditioners is out of order and other two provide inadequate cooling. The auto clap machine used for warming clothes is not working either.

Even the air conditioner at the burn ward is not working since long. Attendants of patients bring air coolers from their house for their patients. The only 108 ambulance fitted with a ventilator was damaged six months back after which it has not been repaired.

The hospital has half the sanctioned strength of doctors and paramedic staff and even basic facilities like stretchers, drinking water were lacking, sources said.

Dr Diwakar Patel, district resident medical officer, said he has complained more than 15 times about the damaged ventilator of 108 ambulance head office at Bhopal but no action has been taken. “The operation theatre’s AC is working but at times it has problems with cooling. The burn ward AC too is not working for a long time,” he told HT.

“We have complained about these issues at various levels but no action has been taken. We do not have an ICU. Until now we have not received any information about any inquiry being ordered into the death of the collector’s mother,” he said.