THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:In an embarrassing incident, the Onam feast was reportedly served to the employees of the medical college hospital in the sterile area of the operation theatre here on Saturday.
The incident soon snowballed into controversy as the hospital ostensibly violated the basic hygienic norms needed to be maintained in an operation theatre.
The meals were served at the theatre under the cardiology department near the palliative care section.
As many as 600 employees were served meals at the operation theatre, sources said. Besides, floral carpets were also laid inside the theatre. The celebrations took place under the supervision of the Superintendent, they said. According to staffers, the doctors have their meals near the theatre on a daily basis.
Dismissing the accusation, Medical College principal Dr Thomas Mathew said that they neither served feast nor celebrated Onam inside or near the operation theatre.
“The feast was served at the canteen. The flowers were not kept at the sterile area. However, the operation theatre will be cleaned to prevent the area from any sort of germs or bacteria”, he said.