Maggot infestation on patient: 3 suspended; doctors planning on strike


The Director of Medical Education and the medical college superintendent had concluded that there was serious lapse on the part of those who were in charge of ward 6.

Thiruvananthapuram: Three persons have been suspended in connection with the incident in which a patient was infested with maggots at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

Vattiyoorkavu native Anil Kumar was infested with maggots while he was undergoing treatment in the hospital. The health department took the action on the basis of the preliminary report submitted by the Director of Medical Education.

Dr Aruna, the Covid Nodal officer at the medical college and two head nurses in ward 6, where the patient was under treatment, were suspended. The Director of Medical Education and the medical college superintendent had concluded that there was serious lapse on the part of those who were in charge of ward 6.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers' Association (KGMCTA) is moving to stage a strike over suspending the doctor who was not directly involved in the patient care. The doctors made it clear that they will boycott duty if the suspension is not withdrawn. Nurses also made it clear that they will protest against the action of the Health Department.

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