Doctor, Nurse Show Caused For College Girl’s Death

Manoranjan and his wife the portrait of their deceased daughter Moumita

NfN NETWORK

Ranaghat, Mar. 16: The state health directorate has show caused a lady doctor and a staff nurse of Ranaghat sub divisional hospital for alleged negligence committed on their part that eventually led to death of a BA first year student of Ranaghat College last year.

Physician Irani Ray Chaudhuri and Nurse Keya Roy Chowdhury have been asked by the director of health services Biswaranjan Satpaty to submit their reply to the show cause notice within three days.

At the same time superintendent of the hospital Debdulal Mukherjee has been put on transfer list as a punishment for giving clean chit to the accused doctor and nurse in his initial probe that was conducted on the basis of a complaint lodged by the deceased student Moumita Karmakar’s father Manoranjan Karmakar.

The decision was taken after an hour long hearing at the director’s chamber in Sasthya Bhawan where he asked the all the accused doctors and nurse to appear personally for a face to face interrogation in presence of the victim’s family members.

“We have show-caused a doctor and a nurse today as their role to handle the patient was questionable which was also pointed out in a probe conducted by an ACMOH. Action against will be initiated after examining their reply”, director Satpathy said.

In last week Moumita’s father Manoranjan met the director and demanded justice. He also informed the chief minister.

“I have faith upon the chief minister and optimistic that justice will not be denied to my daughter”, Manorajan Karmakar, father of the deceased girl said, who is a jewelry maker from Nadia’s Majhergram.

In last month Manoranjan lodged a police complaint against two doctors and one staff nurse of Ranaghat sub divisional hospital.

The accused doctor and nurse refused to comment on the issue, while Superintendent Debdulal Mukherjee said: “I was asked to submit my points which I did”.

On August 24 last year Manoranjan’s daughter Moumita (18), a BA first year student of Ranaghat College, fallen on the Gangnapur railway station while disembarking from a train on her way to home. She suffered injuries on her head and taken to Ranaghat sub divisional hospital by his parents at about 4.30pm. She was examined by Irani Ray Chaudhuri at the emergency who admitted her to female medical ward. But, for about four hours, Moumita allegedly lied unattended while her condition was deteriorating. At 8.15pm Madhab Das, a doctor visited her and advised CT scanning of brain. Examining the scan Doctor Bidhan Majumder at 11.15, found ‘hematoma’ in Moumita’s brain and referred her to NRS hospital, where she was admitted at 2.45am. But, within an hour she succumbed there.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl’s father to the district administration, CMOH Tapas Kumar Roy set up a four member probe team headed by assistant CMOH (Ranaghat) T.K.Khatuya found that Irani Ray Chaudhuri neither give advice of CT scan of the brain nor she felt it necessary call a surgeon to examine the girl. He also said that nurse Keya Roy Chowdhury did not send a call book for a surgeon to examine the girl in the intervening period even after watching her condition deteriorating.