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Subrat Giri, a resident of Saradaprasad village, said that on Saturday morning he had taken his four-year-old daughter Subhalaxmi to the primary health centre at Dangamalaas some villagers saved her from drowning in the village pond.
But no doctor was present in the hospital at that time and when they approached the ANM, who stayed in the staff quarters in the hospital premises, expressed her inability to treat the child and advised Subrat to take the girl to a village quack.
When they approached the quack, he told him to admit the girl in the community health centre at Rajnagar, 20 km from Dangamala, as her condition was getting serious. Worried for treatment of Subhalaxmi, Subrat and his relatives immediately rushed the girl to Rajnagar hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead.
The deceased girl’s uncle Debadutta Girilater went to Rajnagar police station to file an FIR against the hospital authority of Dangamala. But the police advised him to go to the Marine police station at Talachua. Debadutta went to Talachua and filed the FIR against the doctor and other staff claiming that Subhalaxmi died due to gross negligence because of them.
The family of a minor who drowned in a pond was made to go through the tremendous torment at the hands of health and police officials, even as the State Government has decided to focus on health reforms and police services.
Dr Urmila Mishra, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) said that they are investigating the matter and will take action if anybody is found ignorant in providing medical help to the child.
Tapan Kumar Nayak, the IIC of Talachua police station said that as the incident happened under Talachua Marine police station, the uncle of the deceased was directed to file FIR in Talachua.
Source: The New Indian Express