Taking a leaf out of superhit Bollywood movie “Munnabhai MBBS”, the medical and non-medical staff of a hospital in Ahmedabad played 'Garba' in full swing inside the intensive care unit, sparking outrage, officials said on Tuesday.
The 'Garba' was performed on Monday afternoon at the Sola Civil Hospital where health and finance minister Nitin Patel inaugurated a new kidney dialysis centre.
After he left, the hospital staff erupted into a spontaneous 'Garba' to the accompaniment of loud music, celebrating the spirit of the ongoing navratri festival.
As the young male and female doctors, many in their white overcoats, uniformed nurses, wardboys and wardgirls joined the dance and went around taking ‘rounds’ of the ICU, the shocked patients and their relatives kept watching dumbfounded.
Hospital staff perform Garba inside ICU ward of a civil hospital in Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/icN7xbNk2l— ANI (@ANI_news) October 20, 2015
Many of the dancers were also wearing shoes and slippers, which is barred as per ICU norms, creating a potential health hazard for the already suffering patients.
The hospital administration seemed unaware of the loud dance and music on the premises but belatedly, medical superintendent HK Bhavsar ordered them to stop.
Taking a grim view of the incident, Bhavsar said he would serve showcause notices to all those who participated in the song-and-dance in the ICU.
Some reports on Tuesday suggested that the state government has sought a report on the incident which has led to outrage when a video clip of the Garba was leaked on social media networks and local television channels.
Striking a different note, Dr Rajesh Vishwakarma, head of ENT department in the civil hospital said that playing music in front of the patients for around 10-15 minutes does not have any adverse effect. “Playing Garba in front of patients will not affect them if volume is not much high. As far as playing of Garba in a dialysis centre is concerned, I do not think one can play DJ-like sound in such a centre... so there is no question of effect on patients’ health,” he said.
When he was told that Garba was performed for about 20-25 minutes, Vishwakarma reiterated that it must not have made any effect on patients’ physical health.
“Sometimes some patients do not like loud music due to psychological reasons, but such music do not affect patients’ physical condition,” he said.
A city-based Garba tutor Rakesh Sompura, who runs a group called ‘Chix and Rexx’, believes that garba can even act as a ‘musical therapy’ for a person suffering from illness. “We have instances that playing of Garba in front of a patient can become a musical therapy to those suffering from mental or physical illness,” said Sompura.