Corporators urge mayor to probe pvt hospitals

Corporators urge mayor to probe pvt hospitals

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Owing to corporator V Elumalai’s critical health condition due to medical negligence by a private hospital, the fellow corporators urged the mayor to conduct a probe, and initiate legal actions against the offenders.

During the council meeting on Thursday, the corporators expressed malaise about Elumalai’s health.

Elumalai,the corporator of Sagayapuram, who went to get a small abscess removed from his nose, slipped into a coma after an alleged medical negligence.

According to reports, his family alleged that anaesthesia overdose was responsible for this condition and sought the hospital be shut. He was admitted to Santhosh hospital in Frazer Town from where he was shifted to Vikram hospital.

The fellow corporators during the meeting said many such hospitals have turned into ‘death centres’. They urged the mayor to initiate an investigation into all the private hospitals in the city and cancel the trade licenses of those involved in unlawful activities.

They also sought mayor Gangambike to get the official medical report of Elumalai, investigate and initiate legal actions against Santhosh hospital to which the mayor agreed.

The corporators also said the government should keep a watch on medical camps organised by non-government organisations (NGOs).

“Many NGOs conduct medical camps without a no-objection certificate from the BBMP. So the BBMP should consider this issue and prevent any medical tragedies in future,” said one of the corporators.

The mayor said the investigation into the private hospitals needs to be carried out by the principal secretary or commissioner of health and family welfare services, health secretary or commissioner.

“I will bring the matter to their notice,” said Gangambike.