De­lay costs life of Si­wan mishap vic­tim

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Ruchir Ku­mar

PATNA: It has taken a death for the rail­ways to re­alise that the fa­cil­i­ties at the state’s premier med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion - the Patna Med­i­cal Col­lege Hospi­tal (PMCH) - are woe­fully in­ad­e­quate to tackle crit­i­cal emer­gency cases.

Yet, it is not pre­pared to shift crit­i­cally injured vic­tims of Wed­nes­day’s train ac­ci­dent at Si­wan to higher med­i­cal cen­tres like the AIIMS, New Delhi, as ad­vised by PMCH spe­cial­ists here. On Satur­day, the rail­ways had only agreed to re­im­burse the trans­porta­tion and med­i­cal cost of Man­jesh Mishra - one of the two crit­i­cally injured vic­tims of Wed­nes­day’s train mishap - whose fam­ily opted out of the PMCH and took him to Her­itage hospi­tal, Be­naras.

This was af­ter Su­raj Ku­mar Sharma, 22, who sus­tained griev­ous head in­juries in the HowrahKath­go­dam Ex­press mishap at Si­wan, died at the PMCH late on Fri­day evening. Sharma was ad­mit­ted to the sur­gi­cal in­ten­sive care unit of the PMCH and died of car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure at 11.50pm on Fri­day.

With this, the death toll in Wed­nes­day’s train mishap went up to nine. Im­me­di­ately af­ter Sharma’s death, Mishra’s fam­ily mem­bers in­sisted that the PMCH au­thor­i­ties dis­charge their kin, to which the hospi­tal agreed. Mishra was ad­mit­ted to the sur­gi­cal ICU bed num­ber 4, while Sharma, who suc­cumbed to his in­juries, was on bed num­ber 5.

In fact, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Dr IS Thakur, the unit in­charge un­der whom Mishra and Sharma were ad­mit­ted, had ver­bally re­quested the rail­ways to shift the two crit­i­cally injured vic­tims to a higher med­i­cal cen­tre, prefer­ably AIIMS, New Delhi, but to no avail.

Con­firm­ing this, Dr Thakur told HT: “Given the con­di­tion of the pa­tients as well as that of the PMCH sur­gi­cal ICU, I in­sisted that the rail­ways shift both Sharma and Mishra to the AIIMS, New Delhi, by air am­bu­lance. Rail­way doc­tors from Go­rakh­pur, Be­naras and Dana­pur told me that they had spo­ken to the rail­way board. How­ever, by what I could gather af­ter talk­ing to them, the rail­ways had agreed to re­im­burse Mishra’s trans­porta­tion cost to Be­naras.”

Most beds in the sur­gi­cal ICU of the PMCH do not even have func­tional ba­sic ap­pa­ra­tus for round-the-clock mon­i­tor­ing of a pa­tient’s pulse, blood pres­sure and oxy­gen level, a fact Dr Thakur con­firmed. As such, these have to be recorded man­u­ally by doc­tors. “Ours is an apol­ogy of an ICU. The non­func­tional ap­pa­ra­tus have been brought to the at­ten­tion of the au­thor­i­ties,” added Dr Thakur.

The col­li­sion site at Si­wan.

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