Odisha Doctor Accused Of Declaring Living Man Dead, Report Dismisses Allegations

**Bhadrak:** The allegations against a doctor of Bhadrak district headquarters hospital (DHH) of declaring a living man dead and sending him for post-mortem was dismissed by an enquiry report submitted to the District Collector on Monday.

Reportedly, one Sujit Khatua of Khatuapatna village under Dhusuri Police limits was admitted to the hospital for treatment after he became unconscious on Saturday.

It had been alleged that the doctor on duty, Karunakar Rout, allegedly declared him dead and informed his family that post-mortem would be conducted soon, but Sujit regained his senses just ahead of post-mortem.

Irate over it, patient’s brother Satyajit Khatua had filed a police complaint against Rout at Bhadrak Town Police Station. He also accused the doctor of dozing while examining the patient. Following it, Bhadrak Collector had ordered a joint enquiry by the Sub-Collector and the CDMO.

As per the enquiry report submitted by the Sub Collector, Sujit had been admitted to the hospital in an unconscious condition at around 4.20 AM on March 17. Doctor Rout had examined him and filled up the Indoor Bed head ticket with provisional diagnosis of POST TRAUMATIC EPILEPSY.

After getting proper history of the patient and accompanied relatives he had diagnosed subsequently Sujit has GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). The moment he tried to scribble the earlier written POST TRAUMATIC EPILEPSY in the bed head ticket his accompanied brother got annoyed and started shouting why you have written Post-Mortem when my brother is alive and tried to snatch the bed head ticket forcibly from the doctor.

He also started shouting and created unpleasant situation in the Emergency OPD along with other accompanied persons and hampered the medical services of waiting emergency serious patients. During the process half of the bed head ticket was with Satyajit wherein Rout had put his signature.

As Satyajit and his family members were misbehaving with Rout, the hospital staff intervened to save him and the official documents from them.

Further, Rout prepared one new IPD ticket and started treatment. It was learnt from the OPD register that from 10 PM of March 16 to 8 AM of March 17, Rout had treated 59 patients. It was revealed that he had treated patients uninterruptedly during his duty period and the allegation of consumption of alcohol against him is false and concocted one.

Even after above disturbance Rout conducted examination of the alleged patient as well as other emergency patients. The alleged patient was admitted in the male medicine ward and treated by Rout till 8:00 AM of March 17. After that he is being treated by the Medicine Specialist of the male Medicine Ward. He is conscious oriented and under medical treatment at DHH, Bhadrak at Bed No 6 now.

Therefore the allegations against Rout and staff on duty is false, baseless and concocted one, the report stated.


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