42 patients left abandoned in TVM Medical college

Vishnu Kottangal

Thiruvananthapuram: The Govt. Medical College here has been witnessing the agony of 42 people including women who are left abandoned here. According to the official data, some of them are waiting for their relatives for the past 8 months after completing the treatment.

Because of this, the medical college is struggling to accommodate more patients due to non-availability of beds. If the people who recovered health from critical condition are discharged, other patients will get bed in the ward. At present, the hospital authority has been struggling to find cot for patients who had undergone surgery.

It is learnt that relatives have abandoned some of these patients at the hospital. Most of them were taken to the hospital through 108 ambulance.

The hospital authority claimed that they already completed the treatment procedures for these patients. Usually, the hospital will discharge the patients who recover health after treatment. But these 42 people have been complaining that they don’t have any place to seek shelter.

A bedridden 30-year-old man, a paralysed man in his 70’s and a handicapped Tamil Nadu native are among these 49 people who are continuing in the hospital without any hope to return home.

Kollam Pallikkal native Velayudhan (76) said that he don’t want to return home. Though he has 4 children including a foster daughter, nobody was ready to take care of him when he was hospitalised after suffering thigh bone fracture.

“ I have been in the hospital for five months. My leg got amputated. I have relatives. But none came in search of me,” said the lawyer from Tamil Nadu who is one among the 16 patients who got abandoned at the Ortho department of the hospital.

The hospital authority informed that though they contacted relatives of some patients, they did n’t respond. Though their presence is creating trouble to accommodate new patients, the hospital authority did n’t deny better care to them. A total of 10 nurses are on duty to take care of these 49 patients.

Thiruvananthapuram medical college superintendent Anil Sundaram oberved that more patients will get abandoned in the hosptial in future.

“ Most of the patients have completed the treatment. At present, we are facing crisis to provide accomodation and other facilities to these patients. Mythri, Sevabharathi, DYFI like organisations have been providing food and clothes to them. After observing the chances of such incidents in future, we have decided to draft a project in association with the corporation. We have been planning to bring Kozhikode medical college model ‘Thanal’ scheme to rehabilitate abandoned patients. If such a system is implemented, we will be able to provide safe shelter and proper medical care to them,” he explained.

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