Scolded by doctor, female nurse with heart ailment collapses during duty at PHC
Neyyattinkara: A female nurse at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Olathanni near here suffering from a heart ailment collapsed after the medical officer scolded her while on duty.
The nurse was later admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College Hospital after her health condition deteriorated. She is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The woman was identified as Asha, a staff nurse attached to the Olathanni Primary Health Center. Asha is suffering from a heart valve disorder and has been undergoing treatment at Sree Chitra hospital (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology).
Asha had sustained an injury to her left arm after she fell down at home. On Wednesday, Asha came to work with a bandage over her injured arm and was on pharmacy duty.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lini, a medical officer at the PHC while consulting her patients asked Asha to check the blood pressure (BP) of a patient. Asha replied to the medical officer that she was on pharmacy duty and checking a patient’s BP was the doctor’s responsibility.
On hearing her response, Lini scolded Asha in front of the patients and other staff. Asha collapsed after this. The PHC staff took Asha to the Neyyattinkara General Hospital from where she was shifted to the government medical college.
Following the incident, the Kerala Government Nurses Association (KGNA) filed a complaint with the district medical officer and Directorate of Health Services (DHS). KGNA state president Subramanyam, general secretary Usha Devi and secretary Nisha Hameed alleged that the medical officer used to regularly scold Asha at work.
However, Dr. Sreekanth, district president of Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) said that the doctor was not at fault. Lini asked Asha to check a patient’s blood pressure but she refused. Following the incident Asha collapsed. It was Lini who administered first aid to Asha after she collapsed, he added.
Preliminary investigation on
District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr. Preetha said that a preliminary investigation into the issue will be held. “The vigilance wing of health department will also carry out an investigation into the matter. Further action will be taken after this,” she added.