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Patients shifted to Vij's hospital

Call it the generosity of the Devi Talab Charitable Hospital or something more sinister, the hospital has shifted two patients undergoing treatment at the civil hospital to its premises.

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2012 12:35 IST
Sachin Sharma

Call it the generosity of the Devi Talab Charitable Hospital or something more sinister, the hospital has shifted two patients undergoing treatment at the civil hospital to its premises.

Previously too, eyebrows were raised when most victims of the factory collapse were rushed to Devi Talab Mandir charitable hospital, instead of the civil hospital that reportedly has better facilities.

Factor owner Shital Vij is the president of Devi Talab Mandir Parbandhak Committee that runs the charitable hospital.

Amarjeet Singh, 24, was brought to civil hospital on Monday morning. He was struck in the debris of building. His foot had to be amputated to bring him out of the debris.

"A person came to me Monday night at about 8 pm. He told me that I will be shifted to Devi Talab hospital." He said he did not know the reason for his shifting.

"I don't know the person who brought me to this hospital. I can only recognise his face. He told me that the hospital where they were taking me was their own hospital and I would be getting a better treatment," he said.

His attendant Heera Lal Yadav, a vegetable vender in Amritsar, said: "He took my signatures on a paper for transferring the patient".

The second patient shifted Surender Kumar said: "A person came to me at about 9 pm and told me that I will be shifted to the new hospital. I don't know who he was. He told me that they would provide good health care to him at this hospital".

Surender's sister Shanti Devi said the person took her thumb impression permitting the shifting. On the directions of medical superintendent (MS) Dr Avtar Chand two doctors visited the charitable hospital to inquire whether the two patients had actually been shifted.

Om Kalia, who claimed to be a volunteer, said the patients were shifted as patients were not getting proper 'medicines' at the civil hospital. He declined to reveal on whose behalf he shifted the victims.

However, the MS said: "We are providing every type of treatment to victims free. We also have better health facilities, so it was not proper to shift those patients to a charitable hospital. I don't know how the patients were convinced to shift hospitals. The reasons for the shifting were not clear."