A man in Jharsuguda district headquarters hospital (DHH) died on September 11 allegedly due to lack of proper healthcare services. A video purportedly showed nurses giving injections and saline drips to a dead man in a hospital. Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das raised serious concerns as the healthcare system in Odisha is already in shambles for making headlines repetitively. The dead man is reportedly identified as Khetramani Kisan of Jalibahal village under Laikera district.
The 30-year-old had allegedly consumed poison following which he was rushed to the hospital by his family members. On reaching the DHH, the doctors allegedly did not attend to the critical patient due to which he died after almost an hour. A group of nurses gathered near the dead body and started injecting the deceased allegedly in a bid to hide death due to medical negligence. The dead man's brother can be reportedly seen in the viral video asking the nurses why they were injecting saline to the dead.
The brother of the deceased claimed that he requested the hospital staff to call the doctor and start treatment immediately but the doctor apparently came after an hour. The nurses also refused to answer the brother when he repeatedly asked about them injecting the dead body. After the video went viral on all the social media sites, a doctor at the DHH reportedly said that the person was not declared dead hence the nurses tried to treat him and were just doing their job. However, evidently, in the video, not a single doctor is seen treating the patient.
The incident raised a serious concern about the healthcare facility in the government-run hospital and the careless attitude of the doctors. The District Medical Officer Dr. RK Choudhary allegedly refuted all allegations and claimed that the patient had already died while he was undergoing the treatment and that there was no negligence on the hospital's part. He further claimed that due to the intake of the pesticides, water had deposited in the man's heart and died during the treatment.