Karnataka hospital shamer: Woman denied of wheelchair drags ailing husband in corridor
A woman who was unable to afford a wheelchair for her ailing husband, dragged him in the hospital corridor to an X-ray room. This incident took place in Karnataka’s state-run hospital. The staff denied her a wheelchair or stretcher after she refused to bribe the officials. This incident came to light when a local news channel telecasted the video footage on Friday. The officials who denied the wheelchair were suspended. The hospital is situated in Shivamogga in the Malnad region which is 310 km from the state’s capital Bangalore.
"We have suspended nurses Asha, Chaithra, and Jyothi, and attender Suvaranamma for not providing the stretcher to the patient," McGann Hospital Medical Superintendent T.B. Satyanarayana told IANS.
In the footage, Fameeda is seen dragging 75-year-old Amir across the hospital's corridor to the x-ray room from the General Ward. "I had to drag him from the general ward as I could not afford to give Rs 50 bribe to the hospital staff," 65-year-old Fameeda told reporters here. Amir was admitted to the hospital nine days ago for treatment of bronchitis.
"As I had no faith in the hospital's doctors, I wanted to take my husband back home. No doctor bothered to take care of him," rued Fameeda.Dubbing the incident shameful and unacceptable, Health Minister K.R. Ramesh Kumar ordered an inquiry into Fammeda's bribe charge."The hospital is not under my control. As it is under Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil, I will tell him to take stringent action against the erring staff," Kumar told reporters in Bengaluru later in the day.
Many patients admitted at the hospital narrated similar woes."My nephew was admitted in the hospital last month. Its staff refused to give him a spitoon while he was vomiting," said homemaker M. Mamatha.
(With IANS Inputs)