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Patient’s family blames lack of facilities in government hospitals for his death

The family members of a person belonging to a Dalit community alleged on Wednesday that he died because of lack of facilities at the District Government Hospital in Udupi and at the Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru. However, the authorities here have denied the charge.

The deceased Bhaskar (36) was working as a mason and was living at Perampally here. He died on Tuesday night. Bhaskar’s brother Harish told presspersons here that Bhaskar had some urinary problems. The family members went to the District Government Hospital here on Tuesday but he was directed to get admitted at the Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru because of lack of facilities here.

But when he was taken to the hospital in Mangaluru he was denied treatment as there was no place in the Intensive Care Unit. Bhaskar’s family members then decided to bring him back to Udupi but Bhaskar died on the way back.

“We are poor and hence could not afford treatment in private hospital. But there are no facilities in both the government hospitals [the District Government Hospital in Udupi and the Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru]. Bhaskar had to be brought back in a private ambulance because of non-availability of government ambulance,” Mr. Harish said.

However, the authorities here have denied the charge. District Surgeon Madhusudhan Nayak told
The Hindu
that Bhaskar had a history of fever of some days and was breathless. He had all features of septicaemia. “Hence, our doctors referred him to Wenlock Hospital. He was shifted to Mangaluru in a government ambulance. The authorities at Wenlock Hospital informed me that the patient had left the hospital against medical advice,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis said that she had checked the matter with the District Health Officer. At Wenlock Hospital, the patient’s family insisted on returning to Udupi by 8 p.m. against medical advice.

When patients get discharged against medical advice, government ambulance facility is not provided, she said.

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