This is a classic example of shallow lip-service to Hippocrates oath by medicos who are either truly unconcerned about their responsibility or are too caught up in red-tapism to care about humanity.
DNA has been highlighting the plight of an unfortunate teen rape victim from Kadana of Panchmahals who has to nurse not only a broken leg from the assault, but also the humiliation and pain from rejection by doctors and four hospitals, including SSG Hospital, Vadodara. Tuesday too was no different for the girl and her family. Medical officer, Dr AK Sharma at the Godhra community health centre (CHC), was unconvinced as to why she has come back to the hospital — and to convince him the victim had to again undergo several more traumatic hours till the doors opened for her. The convincing process comprised argument of several hours, two SMSes to senior police officers, several phone calls to the investigators of the rape case and eventually a call to Rajesh Kishore, principal secretary of state health department.
The family had the unflinching support of a district co-ordinator of Navsarjan Trust, Panchmahal, Manu Rohit who stood against all the odds to get the girl admitted in the hospital.
DNA brings you the trauma of the family in the hospital, when the father of the girl and Rohit himself were arguing with DR AK Sharma to get the girl admitted in the hospital as Rohit had told us.
Rohit, along with the girl and her parents reached at Godhra CHC at 1:30pm on Tuesday and directly went to the reception to register the patient. However, Sharma was not consulted by the staff before registering the patient. As soon as Sharma realised that she is the same victim, who he had referred to the SSG Hospital, he started arguing with the girl’s father and Rohit.
Sharma : Why did you come back?
Father: The doctors at SSG Hospital discharged the girl, and she is writhing in pain from her leg injuries.
Sharma: I don’t want to hear anything, remove her from here.
Either bring me papers from SSG Hospital or from police officials.
Rohit: But sir, the hospital authorities did not give us the papers; they may have given it directly to the police officials, but we don’t have any papers.
Father: Now, when the hospital staff has already registered the patient, please give us in writing on the same page (case paper), that you cannot admit her. Please talk to the police inspector… (while dialing the cell number of police sub inspector, AM Bariya, Kadana Police station)…
Sharma: I don’t want to talk to anyone, you go from here.
At 2.03pm, after the insult, Rohit decided to call up Rajesh Kishore, principal secretary of state health department.
“I told him about Sharma’s reluctance. He replied that he will talk to him,” said Rohit.
The girl was admitted to Godhra CHC at around 2:45pm.
Meanwhile, Sharma told DNA that it was a ‘misunderstanding’. “I thought she was brought here again for medical tests. However, when I realized that she is to be treated for her leg injuries I admitted her in the hospital and she is being treated accordingly,” he said. However, Sharma also claimed that the girl’s condition is normal and she has been hospitalised only to claim compensation the government gives to a rape victim.
The 14-year-old girl from the Atlawada village of Kadana taluka of Panchmahals was raped by her fiancé and left to die in the outskirts of the village. A rape complaint was filed in Kadana police station on Thursday night. However, the girl had to shuttle between Kadana, Santrampur, Godhra community health centres before she undergo the test at SSG Hospital, Vadodara on Friday evening to get medically tested to substantiate her complaint.