UP: Sweeper caught treating patients in government hospital
The poor state of healthcare services in a government hospital in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh has been exposed. Class 4 employees have been caught on camera performing the duties of doctors.
The hospital has 23 trained doctors but a sweeper was caught giving stitches to a patient. The video also shows a ward boy administering tetanus shots to another patient.
What's more shocking is that all this took place under the watch of the Hospital Chief Medical Officer. District health officials claim that the staff seen in the video are Operation Theatre attendants and not janitors.
Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hasan has now ordered a probe into the incident.
Chief Medical Officer SHS Danu said, "Sometimes there is a situation when there is nobody to attend to the patients, so they sometimes help with the distribution of medicines. I don't know whether sweepers give stitches to patients."
The incident raises certain big questions:
- Why didn't anyone stop the sweeper from treating the patient?
- Why was the Chief Medical Superintendent watching the sweeper play a doctor?
- How was a sweeper allowed to be present during treatment on the operation theatre?
- Where were the doctors when the sweeper was treating the patients?