A committee formed to investigate an incident when a stray dog stole a severed hand of a patient at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) in Siliguri is yet to submit its report, 10 days after the incident.
The dog was seen holding the severed hand of a road accident victim in its mouth on the intervening night of 29 and 30 May. The tardy progress” in the investigations has given rise to questions.
NBMCH principal Prof Indrajit Saha had set up a probe committee on 30 May after the family members of the victim and an organisa- tion leveled allegations of negligence over the incident. They had demanded that the report should be submitted within seven days. The injured, Sanjay Sarkar, is still undergoing treatment in the tau- care center of the NBMCH.
26 – year Old man Accident
According to doctors, the hand of the 26-year-old man was cut off from his body during the accident. His family members said the limb had been kept in a bag on the floor near the male orthopedic ward at the trauma care cen- are. Later, they spotted a dog holding it in its mouth. The limb, however, could not be found after that.
“The report has not been submitted. I will talk about the issue. As soon as we get the report, we will send it to the health department,” Prof Saha said today.
Sources said that the six-member committee comprising the heads of the department of medicine, orthopedics, surgery, forensic medicine, deputy superintendent, and nursing superintendent are conducting the inquiry.
Following the incident, NBMCH authorities sent the ball to the court of the patient party and said that they had not taken proper care of the limb. They said the on-duty doctors had handed it over to them. Denying the allegations, the family members in tum questioned why the doctors did not take steps to preserve the organ.
Gautam Deb talked about the Speedy Submission of the Report
The officer on special duty for public health in north Bengal, Dr. Susanta Kumar Roy, had asked the NBMCH authorities on 31 May to submit the report at the earliest. Doctors said the NBMCH patient welfare committee chairman Gautam Deb had also talked about speedy submission of the report.
The slackness of the committee has raised questions. “The report should be placed as quickly as possible,” said the brother of Mr. Sakar, Dipankar Sarkar.
A section of doctors has. expressed doubts on whether the report will be impartial and if the responsibilities of the on-duty medical staff, if found responsible, will be shuffled or made more systematic.