Patients ‘bitten by mice’ in Faridkot hospital’s ICU: Health minister orders probe
Mohindra ordered Vini Mahajan, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, to look into the matter and submit a report.punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 20:57 IST
Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra on Friday ordered an inquiry into the alleged incident of some patients being bitten by mice in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH), Faridkot.
Mohindra ordered Vini Mahajan, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare, to look into the matter and submit a report.
As per reports, patients in the ICU were bitten by mice and authorities were not paying any heed to the complaints made by them.
Gurpyaar Singh, a patient undergoing treatment at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, said he was recently shifted to the ICU and mice were jumping all over him at night. He said he was bitten badly on his hand.
Joginderpal, a relative of Harpreet Kaur who is admitted to the ICU, said that the presence of mice in the ultra-modern ICU is shameful and can be life-threatening for patients. He said the authorities don’t bother about the safety of patients. He said another patient was also bitten by mice and sometimes they can’t even react due to the effect of sedatives.
The maintenance of the ICU is the responsibility of a private firm. The incident raises doubts on the professionalism of the firm engaged by the hospital.
Dr JP Singh, medical superintendent, GGSMCH, said the college has already invited new tenders for the maintenance. He said he was aware of the incident and measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the patients. However, he said that the college has not received any intimation from the health ministry regarding the probe.