SHADOW OF death is lengthening over a middle-aged man outside the Hamidia Hospital as none of the doctors in the hospital has bothered to admit him, much less treat him. Nearly vegetated due to fortnight long starvation, Ashok is lying in the car parking space for doctors outside the surgical ward. He does not know what is ailing him.
Several times, he beseeched to doctors to admit him but in vain. He exhausted Rs 300 he had three days after he came here. That was about all, this worker in a small hotel had with him.
Ashok was initially examined by a doctor or two and given medicines. But his request for admission was turned down. As he has no one to look after, Ashok preferred to stay back at the car parking space where umpteen doctors must have seen him. None, however, spared a thought for the ailing man.
Only a woman, an attendant to a patient undergoing treatment in the surgical ward, has pitied on Ashok’s condition. She has requested many people to influence the doctors to get Ashok admitted to the hospital. But her pleas too have fallen on deaf ears.
“For over a week, he has not eaten anything. He only takes tea if somebody offers it to him. Please, help him, if you can,” she implored this reporter last Saturday.
The reporter, in turn, contacted hospital superintendent Dr Pandya. “Thanks that you informed me about him. I did not have any idea about the patient or his inability to get admission for treatment in the hospital. I am in a meeting but I would immediately rush someone to pick up the man from there,” he assured.
Four days later, the reporter on Wednesday went to the hospital again and found Ashok in the same place — his condition worsening.
Superintendent of the hospital was not in the office to tell whatever happened to his promise.