Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 29:
The fact-finding team of the Justice P K Mohanty Commission probing the Pipili gang rape case will soon visit SCB Medical College and Hospital, Odisha’s premier medical college, especially to ascertain how safe are doctors and patients at the college and status of security arrangements in place. After its visit, the team will submit a report to the commission on steps to be taken on this count.
While the fact-finding team was on a visit to the hospital on Thursday, it noticed that relatives of some patients were heckling and threatening a junior doctor in the Casualty department of the hospital holding him by his collar.
After watching the incident, the team raised questions over the security arrangements currently in place at the Casualty department of the hospital.
The team, which was on a visit to SCB Medical College and Hospital for the second time, was led by the commission’s secretary Niranjan Nayak. Among others Akshay Nanda, Pravat Kumar Khuntia, Debasish Panda, Jyoti Patnaik and Pravat Ranjan Das – all advocates – were members of the team. The team examined infrastructural facilities at the medical college &hospital.
The team visited Outdoor, Surgery, New Medicine, Old Medicine ward and Casualty department and examined records there. The team observed that the Outdoor department of the hospital closes at 4.30PM
Later, the team visited the Surgery ward examined records etc, took stock of the medicines available at the ward, verified patient attendance and found that sanitation was a major casualty in the ward. It took photographs of the dirt in and around the ward. The team further found that repair works had not been taken up at the appropriate time and lights inside the ward were not functioning. Superintendent of SCB Medical & Hospital apprised the team of lack of cooperation from the General Electric Division (GED).
The team visited the Old Medicine ward and held discussions with the new departmental head and other doctors. Doctors of FMT department had cooperated in the Pipili gang rape victim case only after requisition slips were sent for the seventh time. The team asked doctors currently what it takes now to get assistance from other departmentsl the doctors said around an hour. When the team found that time was not mentioned on the requisition slip, it expressed doubts about the statement of the doctors.
Since both internal and external sanitation at the hospital was in a very bad shape, the team expressed its resentment over waste management at the hospital. The team took exception to administrative officer of the hospital Pratap Mishra remaining absent during the current and first visit of the team to the hospital. While contemplating strong action against him, the team expressed concern over his behavior.
Prior to its Thursday visit, the team had visited SCB Medical College and Hospital on 30th of last month and had also visited Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar on 10th of this month. The team will submit its report to Justice P K Mohanty on 29 this month, sources said.