Sweeper stitches patient’s wound at government hospital in Gujarat, video goes viral

The sweeper in question is apparently a repeat offender, and was involved in a similar incident three months ago when he was filmed giving stitches to another patient.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2018 19:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Baruch, Gujarat
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In the video, the sweeper of the hospital was seen giving stitches to a man, despite nurses and a doctor being present at the scene.(Photo: Twitter/ANI)

A video, showing a sweeper stitching a wound on the head of an accident victim at a government hospital in Bharuch town of Gujarat, has gone viral of social media, prompting the authorities to order an inquiry.

A similar incident had allegedly taken place at the hospital three months ago.

In the video, shot by the patient’s relative on August 19, the sweeper is seen stitching the wound in the presence of a woman doctor and nurses.

The hospital’s Resident Medical Officer SR Patel said he has ordered an inquiry and served show cause notices to the doctor, who had allegedly instructed the sweeper, a contractual employee, to stitch the wound, and other staff.

Patel said this was the second such incident involving the doctor and the sweeper in the last three months, and the doctor had been warned not to ask the sweeper to stitch wounds on the previous occasion.

“We have taken this matter seriously and ordered a probe into the incident. I have also issued show-cause notices to the doctor and all on-duty staff. They will have to furnish explanations within five days,” Patel told PTI.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 13:27 IST