Over the last two months many people from the Madhupur community have come forward to share their own experiences of not being given correct and timely treatment at the hospital.
The first incident (http://www.videovolunteers.org/
The family was eventually forced to arrange for a private vehicle to take them to a private clinic in Madhupur. The baby Amna delivered was stillborn. India has the highest number of first day deaths in the world according to the “State of the World’s Mothers Report (http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
The family were resolute that they wanted justice for Amna and the baby she lost. Video Volunteers helped them launch a petition on Change.org. As Mukesh was working on the case, he was approached by the family of Kundan Das (http://www.videovolunteers.org/
Kundan had been taken from his village Jayantigram to the Madhupur hospital earlier that day after being attacked by a fox. The family was told that nothing that needed to be done and were sent away without even a basic dressing of the wounds.
Mukesh was able to contact the doctors he was in touch with at the Sub-Divisional Hospital and asked them to make sure the child got the required injections. While tetanus shots were administered, they were made to return the next day for anti-rabies shots, as those were unavailable that day.
It is mandatory for government hospitals to have a constant supply of tetanus and anti-rabies vaccines. According to the WHO (http://www.searo.who.int/
Two weeks later Kundan began to show signs of hydrophobia, a classic symptom of Rabies. He passed away on 5th January 2014 as his family tried to organise funds to take him to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, where they had been referred by the Sub-Divisional Hospital.
The incidents are a testimony to the lack of attention being paid to the medical needs of patients referred to this hospital that caters to six blocks in Deogarh District.
As a result of follow ups from Video Volunteers, on 17th December the Civil Surgeon (also the investigating officer) of Deogarh visited the Madhupur Sub Divisional Hospital for an inspection. It was reported in the local media that the hospital staff appeared just for the inspection and after it was over, it was back to the usual state of affairs and the patients were found waiting for medical negligence.
On being pressurised, the Civil Surgeon also visited Amna to hear her testimony. While the Civil Surgeon has submitted a report to the District Magistrate none of the findings have been made public nor has any action been taken.
Video Volunteers has partnered with Change.org to start two online petitions, one for Amna and one for Kundan. The petitions are asking the District Magistrate of Deogarh, Mr. Rahul Pawar to take immediate action against the authorities at the Sub Divisional Hospital, Madhupur, so that such cases are not repeated in Deogarh, Jharkhand.
Testimony from Amna’s Family: http://www.youtube.com/
Testimonies from Amna and Madhupur Community: http://www.youtube.com/
Testimony from Kundan Das: http://www.youtube.com/
Testimony from KundanDas’ Family After his Death: http://www.youtube.com/
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