In a case of gross negligence by Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital, a 60-year-old woman, who had suffered paralysis in the left part of her body, has not been shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) despite the doctors attending on her recommending this two days ago.
To add more woes for the poor family, doctors wrote medicines, which are not available at the civil pharmacy or Jan Aushidhi centre due to which her only daughter is struggling to manage medicines from outside on higher rates.
Anjana, a resident of Bholath in Kapurthala, was shifted by Bholath civil hospital to Jalandhar civil hospital on December 3 midnight and admitted at the emergency ward immediately.
On December 4 morning, she was moved to the female medical ward and on the same day, the doctors treating her asked to shift the patient to the ICU due to her serious condition and even wrote on the patient’s file.
Anjana, who is being treated as poor patient (mentioned on the front page of the file) and is being treated free of cost in the civil hospital, is still lying on bed number 13 in the female medical ward.
As she is totally unable to speak and move, her daughter Rekha (32), who is taking care of her for the last three days here, told that she had requested staff to move her mother to ICU, but none of them responded.
She told that she had purchased medicines and injections from a chemist shop in front of the civil hospital on the GT road as these medicines were not available at the civil pharmacy or Jan Aushidhi centre.
A heartbroken Rekha said that she along with her mother was living in the main market of Bholath locality and she is the only breadwinner of the family after the death of her father 10 years ago.
“I cannot take her to private hospitals as they cost high and I have not sufficient money to take care of her,” said Rekha, adding, “what is the benefit of government hospitals if they cannot offer help to the poor.”
While revealing her woes to HT, Rekha broke down many times after looking her mother, while Anjana tried to console her by signalling from the eyes.
When HT talked with nursing staff deputed in the ward, they initially showed unawareness about shifting Anjana to the ICU, but when showed her file, they were also shocked over the delay of two days and started passing the buck.
Staff told Sunday is a holiday and there is no one to shift her to ICU.
When contacted, medical superintendent Veena Pal said she would inquire about the case on Monday from the concerned person.
Barjinder Singh Brar, chairman of Punjab health systems corporation (PHSC), said that he would seek a report from authorities into this incident and action would be taken accordingly.
Health minister Surjeet Kumar Jyani said that he was busy and asked to contact him later.