HUBBALLI: Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil on Saturday was seen requesting the mediapersons who were gathered to cover his visit to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital not to show the prestigious institute in a bad light.
Unfortunately after a few hours of his visit, a woman was seen carrying her sick child to the pathology lab and her relatives were made to carry the oxygen cylinder along with the baby.
When the media asked about this, the minister reacted in a casual way. He said: “It’s not a big thing. Such things happen. You should concentrate on the good works being done by the KIMS”.
The minister then instructed the chief administrative officer of the hospital to ensure that such incident do not occur again.
Karevva Padesur from Hooli village in Saunadatti taluk had come to KIMS for the treatment of her daughter Goutami, who is suffering from fever for the last few days. The child was admitted in the children’s block. The doctors on Saturday morning asked Karevva to get some tests done on her daughter.
The parents of the child requested the nurses and staff boy to help them, but none of them were ready to do so, it is said. Karevva carried the child on her shoulder. As the child was being given oxygen, a relative of Karevva carried the heavy oxygen cylinder. They took the child to the diagnostic room, which is 300 metres away from the children’s block.
The mediapersons, who witnessed this incident, brought it to the notice of Medical Education Minister Sharanparkash Patil, who was doing rounds during his visit to the hospital.
“We don’t know whether the hospital staff help the sick patients or not. At least they should have provided a stretcher for us,” said Goutami’s grandfather Honnappa Sarapannavar.
KIMS, which is the life line of north Karnataka region, has always been in news for one or the other reason. Many such incidents were reported at the hospital in the past.