The death of three persons owing to non-availability of oxygen at the Cochin Cooperative Medical College(CMC) points fingers at the murderous negligence of the hospital authorities and the lack of basic facilities at the hospital, alleged a kin of the deceased.
Aneesh, a native of Nedumbasserry, whose father Varghese had died on July 17 owing to the alleged laxity of the hospital staff, told Express that the condition of his father had worsened ever since he was admitted to the hospital.
Varghese was admitted to the hospital for tuberculosis six months ago. There was no water supply in the hospital then, recalled Aneesh.
“One of the major problems that the hospital faces is the shortage of water. On many occasions, my father had to be taken home to take him a bath.
Owing to the lack of water supply in the operation theatre, the operations have been cancelled several times. In the summer, we were forced to fetch water from the house,” he said.
He also alleged the hospital was facing a acute staff shortage as well. “Not more than one nurse was allotted to the TB ward for the night duty. The nurses on duty keep away from the TB patients out of fear. When my father was in critical condition, the nurse on duty never attended him,” said Aneesh.
He added that the hospital authorities did not bother to dress the body of the deceased and they had to avail of the services of another doctor. “We suspect that the hospital authorities have committed some grave mistakes that led to his death. The body fluids were discharging and it was a private doctor who dressed the body for the funeral,” he said.
Medical adviser of the hospital PGR Pillai said that the critical condition alone led to the death and termed the the allegations raised by the kin of the deceased as well as the political parties baseless.
“It is true that we are facing a shortage of nursing staff. Already we have 53 vacant posts for nurses. We have conducted interviews and new nurses would be appointed soon,” he said.
"The water crisis was in the summer season alone and currently we have 24-hour water connection. The charges raised by the political party can be confirmed only after the committee conducts an investigation. We have suspended the persons against whom the allegations were raised,” said Pillai.