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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Ants crawl on dead patient’s eye; five including two doctors suspended

Balchandra Lodhi (50), suffering from Tuberculosis, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning. After five hours, he died and patients admitted to the same ward informed the medicos about it.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2019 21:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Shivpuri
Later, the ants were removed by the deceased’s wife named Ramshri Lodhi while he was lying dead on the hospital bed.
Later, the ants were removed by the deceased’s wife named Ramshri Lodhi while he was lying dead on the hospital bed.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Two doctors and three nurses working in Shivpuri district hospital were suspended for alleged dereliction of duty after ants were found crawling on one of the eyes of a patient after his death, district administration officials said.

The action was taken after chief minister Kamal Nath ordered an inquiry and tweeted about it.

AICC general secretary, Jyotiraditya Scindia, termed the incident as saddening and heart-rending. He spoke with health minister Tulsi Silavat and urged him to ensure that such incidents don’t recur.

As per the administration, the patient Balchandra Lodhi (50) who was suffering from tuberculosis, died on Tuesday. He was admitted on Sunday.

Lodhi’s wife, Ramshree Lodhi, said, “I went home on Monday evening. I got information about my husband’s death on Tuesday morning. When I reached the hospital I found ants crawling on my husband’s eye. I removed the ants. The hospital staff should have taken care of my husband’s mortal remains but they didn’t.”

Shivpuri collector Anugraha P said, “An inquiry has been ordered against the civil surgeon PK Khare, duty doctor Dinesh Rajput and three nurses, who have been suspended.”

Chief medical health officer (CMHO), Shivpuri, Dr AL Sharma said, “This is an unfortunate incident. Other patients told us that they informed the duty nurses about ants crawling on the face of deceased but they didn’t listen to them. It is a case of negligence and we won’t allow such dereliction in the duty.”

Earlier, chief minister Kamal Nath in his tweet said, “Such incidents put humanity to shame and can never be tolerated. Carelessness in this incident is an example of utter insensitivity. I have ordered an inquiry and the guilty will be punished.”

AICC general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “We are all with the bereaved family in this hour of crisis. The incident that took place in Shivpuri district hospital putting humanity to shame is saddening and heart-rending.”

He said, “I had spoke with the health minister Tulsi Silavat. I requested him to take a stringent action against the guilty persons to ensure that such incidents don’t recur and that it sends a message to others that such behaviour with anyone can’t be tolerated.”

(With input from Ranjeet Gupta in Shivpuri)