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Gujarat: No doctor in hospital, six-year-old boy succumbs to snake bite in Dangs district

The news of the death of the minor due to the absence of doctor triggered protests from the people who gathered at the hospital. There was a heated exchange between Dangs Congress MLA Mangal Gavit and District Health Officer (DHO) , who had reached the spot

By: Express News Service | Surat |
August 28, 2016 5:03:32 am

A six-year-old boy died due to snake bite in the tribal-dominated Dangs district of Gujarat on Saturday. The boy’s family said there was no doctor at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Shamgam village of the district where the minor was admitted to for treatment.

Gopi Puwar, a resident of Nagchaund village in Vaghai taluka of the Dangs district and father of the boy, said that his son, Tulsiram, woke him up to show the sign of the snake bite near his left ear at 6 am on Saturday. Puwar took his son to the Primary Health Centre, along with his wife, Chanda. However, they found the hospital empty as there was only one nurse. Since there was no doctor, the nurse refused to take up the case.

Incidentally, the hospital has only one doctor, Satyen Patel. The posts of two doctors have not been filled for long. The boy’s family learnt that for the last five days Dr Patel was on leave and had not been coming to the hospital. Without any treatment, Tulsiram died 10 minutes after he was taken to the hospital.

The news of the death of the minor due to the absence of doctor triggered protests from the people who gathered at the hospital. There was a heated exchange between Dangs district Congress MLA Mangal Gavit and District Health Officer (DHO) Jayenti Dhulera, who had reached the spot. The MLA attacked the DHO over the posting of only one doctor, with two positions lying vacant for long. Dhulera told Gavit that Dr Satyen had gone on leave without informing the higher authorities and assured that strict action would be taken against the doctor. Gavit later made representations to District Development Officer Dilip Gadhvi and demanded that all vacant posts of doctors at Shamgam PHC should be filled at the earliest.

Gavit said, “The nursing staff told us that they could not take up the case in the absence of doctors as they are not allowed to treat the snake bite patients. We requested, but they misbehaved with us and told us to go up to higher authorities and complain about them. We have made representations to Dangs Collector M J Thakkar and DDO Dilip Gadhvi and told them to change the nursing staff of Shamgam PHC and also depute three doctors. If our demands are not met in two days, we will sit on dharna at Shamgam PHC from the third day onwards.”

Dhulera said, “We have started an inquiry against Dr Satyen Patel who has been on leave for the last five days without informing higher authorities. We will question Dr Stayen Patel and get his explanations. We have also deputed Dr Khusbu Wankhede (MBBS) and two ayurvedic doctors, Jalpesh Patel and Triguna Wadi, at Shamgam PHC.”

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