MP doctor performs post-mortem in open after cow dies inside mortuary
The doctor could not use the mortuary in the 100-bedded government hospital after a cow died inside it four days ago. The girl died on Sunday after being electrocuted.india Updated: Jun 03, 2017 13:22 IST
A doctor in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur district was transferred from his post for conducting an autopsy on a minor girl outside the hospital mortuary and in front of her family, officials said.
Dr DP Panthi conducted the post-mortem of a 14-year-old girl in the open at Gadarwara, 225km from state capital Bhopal, on Monday as he could not use the mortuary in the 100-bedded government hospital after a cow died inside it four days ago. The girl died on Sunday after being electrocuted.
“Dr Panthi has been attached to the district hospital and a warning was issued to him in the context of his act,” Narsinghpur’s chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Dr RP Fouzdar told the Hindustan Times over the phone on Friday.
Dr Fouzdar said there was already a shortage of doctors in the district so it was decided to issue a warning to Dr Panthi and move him to the district hospital. He added there was no bad intention on the doctor’s part in conducting the post-mortem in open.
The CMHO was instructed to conduct an inquiry into the matter after Dr Panthi’s actions sparked condemnation from locals. The father of the girl later lodged a complaint with the authorities demanding action against Dr Panthi.
“When the girl was brought for a post-mortem on Monday, Dr DP Panthi couldn’t do the post mortem inside the mortuary as the stench from the carcass of the cow made it almost impossible to work inside,” Dr Fouzdar had said.
“The mortuary has a door but there is no hasp on the door. Due to this a cow entered the mortuary four days back and died there. The local municipal authorities were informed but they didn’t come to remove the carcass,” he added.
Dr Panthi sought permission of the civil hospital in charge Dr KS Rajput to conduct the post-mortem outside the mortuary as the family was demanding the girl’s body.
Dr Fouzdar said there had been carelessness on the part of the doctor and the hospital in charge.
“If the post mortem had to be conducted outside, the doctor should have made makeshift arrangements, put a curtain around or something like that to ensure that the procedure was not visible to the public,” he said.
Sarva Brahmin Sabha president Rajendra Tripathi submitted aa memorandum to the district collector addressed to the chief minister demanding strict action against the officials responsible for conducting the post-mortem of the young girl in the open.
“It was inhuman and insensitive to do the post-mortem without creating any makeshift arrangements ... to ensure that the public and family members don’t get to see the post-mortem,” he said.