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Duct death in RML: Shaft was open for over 2 years

A 62-year-old patient of the cardiology ward died on Saturday after he fell into a duct in the toilet on the third floor of the building.

lucknow Updated: Jan 15, 2018 14:52 IST
HT Correspondent
The duct from where the patient fell down on the ground floor.
The duct from where the patient fell down on the ground floor.(HT )

How long does it take to close a 5-ft by 3-ft duct and at what cost?? At Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, it has taken over two years and a life to draw the authorities’ attention to this minor civil work.

To recall, a 62-year-old patient of the cardiology ward died on Saturday after he fell into a duct in the toilet on the third floor of the building. The man fell to the second floor and remained there until his family members searched for him and summoned help. For three hours, the doctors tried to resuscitate him but he died.

A ward boy and sister in charge of the ward are under scanner in the incident.

Incidentally, the sister in charge had written to the civil works department several times, asking to get the duct inside the toilet on the third floor closed, as it was risky for anyone going inside it. She first wrote on December 11, 2015 and then on January 11, 2018, but got no response.

After the patient’s death, a probe has been set up and an engineer concerned has been served notice.

The preliminary probe by a five-member committee of the institute has also indicated fault of the engineering/civil works department that failed to close the duct. As per the details, the duct had an iron door that became defunct due to rusting.

“What is required to close an open space? If the required material is not available, a strong board can be used to at least make the area safe for use,” said a medical staff of the hospital.

“A final report is awaited in the unfortunate incident though initial probe suggests fault in closing the duct. A clear picture will be available only after the probe is completed,” said Dr Subrat Chandra, medical superintendent.