Odisha’s healthcare in shambles; helpless patient’s plea for medical care goes unheard in Sundargarh
In a heart wrenching incident that should put Odisha Government’s tall claims on healthcare facilities to shame, a helpless old man was today spotted by local reporters lying on the veranda of Sundargarh district headquarters hospital awaiting medical care since past eight days.
The frail looking man – identified as Pawan Bodra — is suffering from diarrhoea. He admitted himself in the hospital on August 31 seeking medical attention. However, without a family member or caretaker to attend to his needs, all that he has been given by the hospital staff is a saline.
“I have been suffering from diarrhoea and came here for treatment. I can’t see a doctor around. I am lying here in hunger. No one has offered me any help,” said the Bodra fumbling, with his hands trembling out of weakness.
Even though the saline pipe was still connected to his body, his condition was pitiable as he laid there on the hard ground without any bedding, medicine or clean clothes.
The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the patient was mentally unstable even though we could make no such observation from our conversation with the patient.
“The patient has certain neurological deficits along with diarrhoea. He keeps coming out on his own no matter how we try to keep him in the ward. He doesn’t have an attendant with him. We are unable to keep an eye on him round the clock,” said Sundargarh CDMO Sashi Bhusan Nayak.
“We are not neglecting him. We are changing his clothes regularly. We have asked the Sulabh folks to clean his clothes,” he added.