NHRC asks errant doctors to reply to show-cause



Kendrapara: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has come to the rescue of a dalit woman, who had been a victim of medical negligence in Orissa.

The NHRC sought a show-cause compliance report from surgeons who forgot to remove cotton material while carrying out a delivery in Kendrapara district headquarters hospital.

Taking cognizance of a petition in this regard, the rights body directed Orissa government agencies earlier this week for compliance of a show-cause reply within four weeks, official sources said.

T Duryodhana Reddy, a Berhampur-based human rights activist, had sought the NHRC’s intervention in the matter and had sought initiation of penal action against the errant doctors.

The patient, Minati Mallick (26) from Mahakalpada area had been admitted to the maternity ward of Kendrapara district headquarters hospital on April 21.

When she complained of labour pain, she was shifted to operation theatre in the evening hours. She gave birth to a male child after a minor surgery. On medical advice, the mother and the new- born were discharged from hospital ward the next day.

After her discharge, the woman developed excruciating pain in abdomen. Her lower limbs and abdomen showed signs of swelling. Later the foreign materials were stuffed out from her body in a government-run hospital in Jagatsinghpur district.

Meanwhile the state health services directorate acting on NHRC directions asked the Chief District Medical Officers of both Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts for expeditious compliance report on the alleged medical error.

The foreign material was removed after the patient was admitted at Kujang Community Health Centre. It was a slip-up that might have been inadvertently committed by surgeons in Kendrapara district headquarters hospital, Rabi Narayan Das, Chief District Medical Officer, Jagstsinghpur, said.

We are in receipt of the NHRC directions. After the incident came to light, it was departmentally investigated.

The compliance report is being dispatched to NHRC?, Biraj Kishore Sahu, Chief District Medical Officer, Kendrapara, said.

I am happy to learn that NHRC has come to my rescue. Those guilty should be punished to prevent recurrence of such incident, the affected patient said.

PTI