April 2007

BABY-SWAPPING ALLEGED IN CHELUVAMBA HOSPITAL

It is alleged that a new born child, which had reportedly died, got exchanged while being handed over to its parents at Cheluvamba Hospital here recently.

Savita, wife of Swamy, got admitted to the hospital on Apr. 19 at 10.30 pm for delivery. The family were informed that she delivered a female child but at 11.30 pm, they were also informed that the infant had died.

When Swamy's family members went to collect the body the next day, they were handed over the body of a male child! They questioned the hospital staff how the gender of the baby got changed.

Confused at the matter, the hospital staff gave evasive replies. Irked at that, the baby's parents lodged a complaint with the Devaraja Police, who immediately rushed to the hospital and enquired with the staff. Finally, the cops said that it was a wrong entry in the book regarding the gender and left the place.

Not satisfied with the reply, the parents complained to the Press the hospital staff did not even show the baby after birth and some foul play was suspected.

GASTRO-ENTERITIS STRIKES CITY: 113 MEDICOS TAKE ILL

Thanks to the polluted water supplied by Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW), 113 women medicos staying in PG Ladies' Hostel of Mysore Medical College, opposite Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry, have been infected by Gastro-enteritis, disclosed A. Ramalingam of Ajay Memorial
Drinking Water Foundation.

Addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here today, Ramalingam revealed that two of the students, who have been admitted to Epidemic Disease (ED) Hospital on KRS Road, are recovering. The remaining 111 students took intravenous fluids in their hostel with the assistance of seniors and wrote their examinations. About 20 of them visited K.R. Hospital also, said Ramalingam.

Contaminated water

The culprit is obviously the water supplied by the VVWW. It may be recalled, few years ago, about 300 students of medical college hostel were infected with Leptospirosis. Currently there are ten patients with suspected Gastro-enteritis admitted to ED Hospital, he said.

Vijayanagar tank

A committee of four members of Ajay Foundation and MGP visited the Central Storage Reservoir (CSR) in Vijayanagar while it was being cleaned. The cleaning operation created disturbance of the sediment and increased the concentration of pathogens. Covering the holes in
the roof by asbestos sheets is also dangerous, he opined.

During the last 25 days, four samples of water were drawn for testing and all of them were found contaminated. Hence the citizens are advised to filter and boil water before drinking.

'It looks as if the City Corporation has obtained licence to kill the residents using water as a weapon. It only does hotch-potch repair works to hoodwink the residents without attacking the root cause of any problem,' alleged Ramalingam.

Warden clarifies

When Star of Mysore contacted the in-charge warden of the MMC PG Ladies Hostel Gayatri, she said that she came to know about the infection yesterday. Two students Archana and Sreelatha have been admitted to ED Hospital and the doctors there have suspected
Gastro-enteritis. Few other students Pallavi, Deepa, Deepti, Sangeetha, Shwetha, Sandhya, Prema Reddy and Anita too had a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea with few running temperature also. The City Corporation authorities have been informed today about that and they have assured to take up extra chlorination of water, said Gayatri.

Gulf Doc may loose job. Seeks Justice

A happy married life and a secure, well-paid job as a doctor in the Emirates. That about sums up her life in the Gulf all these years. But now, more than 20 years later, Dr H J Gayathri Devi (49) faces the grim prospect of getting struck off the payrolls of Abu Dhabhi's Al-Ahil Hospital, which she has been serving for well over two decades.

Originally a resident of Bangalore, Dr Gayathri now faces the threat of termination of her service after it came to light that her MD (Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases) degree which she took in 1990 from the Mysore Medical College is not recognised by the Medical Council of India.

The problem began with a change of guard in Abu Dhabi after the death of the king and his sons' taking over.

The new regime insisted that a thorough immigration check be done on all those who have come from outside the emirates. It was during this check that it came to light that the degree held by Dr Gayathri was not valid in the UAE as it doesn't have MCI recognition. Dr Gayathri completed her MBBS in Mysore and later did her MD (TB & CD) from the Mysore Medical College. She got married to Dr Koshy and took up a job at the Al-Ahil Hospital as a respiratory specialist.

But, after over 20 years in the hospital's service, she was summoned one fine morning by her employer to be told that the authorities concerned of the Emirates were insisting on her producing a certificate showing the MCI registration of her PG degree. She was told that her services would be terminated otherwise.

Dr Gayathri was shell-shocked to hear this as she was unaware all these years that her degree was not recognised by the MCI. Also, she says, she was never told about this requirement in the past.

She then wrote to Mysore University officials, who in turn communicated the matter to the MCI. The university, in its reply to her, stated that the MD (TB & CD) course is not recognised by the MCI but that the varsity had requested the MCI to recognise the degree. Dr Gayathri has now moved the High Court, seeking justice.