A day after news channels showed a sweeper stitching wounds and a ward boy administering injections in the Bulandshahr district hospital the state’s health and welfare minister Ahmed Hasan ordered a probe in the case. “I have already sent the additional health director to investigate, and will receive the report by this evening. Those found guilty will face action. Laxity will not be tolerated and stern action will be taken against errant staff,” Hasan told reporters.
The hospital are still sticking to the story that the staff were trained to carry out these complicated duties. Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Shishir Kumar said, “The clip that is being shown on TV, the ward boy in it has even worked in the OT (operation theatre) for 10 years. Apart from that, his duty is in the dressing room as well. He is perfectly trained for dressing purposes.” He added that it all happened in his supervision.
V K Sharma, additional health director, Meerut Zone, who also visited the hospital in the wake of the telecast, also said, “They (ward boys) were not operating. The man was working as an assistant…He was the OT assistant.” Sharma said, “I have suggested to Dr Shishir Kumar (CMS) that in future they should make a proper contingent and only the doctors should carry out stitches or operate on patients…There should be no stitching by other staff.”
Meanwhile, a similar incident was reported from the Ballia district hospital. When asked to comment, officiating chief medical superintendent, Dr PK Singh said that he would inquire the matter.