KANNUR: An uneasy controversy erupted after the photographs taken on mobile phone of a Caesarean surgery held at Payyanur Taluk Hospital was posted on internet, allegedly by the hospital staff. Police have registered a case in the incident and district medical officials have initiated departmental inquiry.
The incident came to light when a private TV channel aired the news with photographs published on internet allegedly by some hospital staff. The photographs of the surgery held weeks ago were shared on a message sharing mobile application. Police said they have registered a case against the hospital authorities after receiving complaint from the woman alleging that the delivery scenes were shot without her knowledge and shared on the internet breaching her privacy.
DMO Dr K J Reena said she has sought a report from the hospital superintendent before 11 am on Monday. “A four-member team headed by the hospital superintendent would make an inquiry and submit report by 11 am tomorrow (Monday). Another team led by the DMO would visit the hospital on Monday and make initial inquiries and submit its report to the Director of Health Services,” the DMO said.
“If the action can be taken at the district level, we will initiate stern action by 4 pm tomorrow and if it demands action by the higher authorities, we will submit a report to DHS recommending the action to be taken,” Dr Reena said. The district medical officials have approached the Cyber Cell and the police and the investigation of the Cyber Cell would be vital in the case, she added.
Kerala State Human Rights Commission member K E Gangadharan has demanded strict action against the culprits. Meanwhile, many organisations have registered protest in the incident. DYFI protesters took out a march to the hospital demanding action against the culprits. Mahila Morcha district committee, in a statement, expressed shock and demanded action against the doctors involved in the incident.