Puducherry streets turned busy with college students, government employees and women workers taking to the street. They demanded action against the doctor at Indira Gandhi Medical College, allegedly accusing the hospital of negligence. It was on July 22, when the 22-year old Deepa, who was under treatment at the medical college hospital, passed away. She was a 3rd year B.Com student of Bharathidasan Government College for Women. The day-long protest was staged through a rally taken out from Indira Gandhi Statue till the bus stand.
Deepa was residing in Lawspet and had complaint of fever, after which her mother took her to the hospital. Reportedly, she informed the doctor about her health issues. Allegedly, the doctor on duty gave her medicines after which her pulse rate dropped. Following which, the doctor on duty told her father to fetched some medicines from outside. Apparently, the government hospital did not have the required stock of medicines. However, soon after injecting those medicines, Deepa passed away.
The parents later complained that the doctor attended to Deepa in an inebriated state. Deepa’s sudden demise was alleged as a case of medical negligence. The hospital director took an immediate action on the matter. He removed the doctor from service. An enquiry is also being conducted into the matter.
Deepa’s father is a daily wage labourer and she was the only family member pursuing higher education. Their EWS status did not deter the family to let her pursue her dreams. Her brothers were school drop outs and provided support to the family and her education. The protestors on the case are new demanding a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Deepa’s family from the government.
Representatives of Pondicherry Union Territory Students’ Federation stated to the media that many people are losing lives due to medical negligence in government hospitals and that government needs to conduct a proper enquiry to address these issues.