Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here has recommended that fasting Sikh activist Surat Singh Khalsa be moved back to the local civil hospital or put in another medical institution, since he is stable and conscious. The district administration has declined to do that.
The DMCH dean of academics, assistant dean of academics, and medical superintendent have sent Khalsa's medical report to the deputy commissioner and the health department, informing the district administration that the activist has been refusing to eat orally since July 23 when he was admitted. He is on intravenous (IV) fluid since. The report says that a day ago, his food intake was 3,900 millilitre, while his output was 2,600 millilitre and his heart rate 54 beats per second.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal confirmed that the hospital had recommended to shift Khalsa but added that it might be because Khalsa was not eating and cooperating in the treatment.
He said that a medical team from the health department was at the DMCH to monitor Khalas's condition and he had told the DMCH authorities that Khalsa was not going to be shifted. Sources at the hospital said patients and their attendants had been complaining of inconvenience because of the heavy police force deployed there for security and frisking everyone entering the emergency ward where Khalsa is admitted.