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'Goa hospital did not treat SARS victim properly'

Sandesh Prabhudesai in Panaji | April 18, 2003 12:08 IST

A Goadoctor has alleged that theGoa Medical College hospitalneglected to treatIndia's first SARS patient adequately.

According to Dr Pradip Pai Dhungat, the young marine engineer's family doctor, Prashil Varde hadother symptoms of SARS apart fromhigh fever due to which he was immediately referred to the GMC for treatment in isolation.

But the GMC authoritiesdid notbother tomonitor his admission, Dr Dhunghat alleged. Vardewas sent searching for the isolation ward and then discharged after three days while his report was awaited from the nationallaboratory in Pune.

Contrary to the official contention that Vardeonly once had100 degree F fever, Dr Dhungat said his fever fluctuatedbetween 99 and102 with mild chill for four days. He was not responding toantibiotics.

The victim had a mild sore throat andsevere backache. Ablood test revealedlowlymphocyte count; anX-rayshowed adoubtful shadow of pneumotharax.

Being familiar with Varde's pastrespiratory infections, Dr Dhungat wondered how the GMC authorities could discharge him in three days in spite of his sending the patient with a detailed report and an elaborate questionnaire onisolation, viral studies and community measures.

"The whole purpose of the isolation ward was defeated the way the GMChandled the case in a most negligent manner,"Dr Dhungat said

The victim was neither personally taken to the isolation ward, but was told to locatethe ward himself and get himself admitted. Vardeeven visitedthe canteenafter waitingin the isolation ward for fourhours forGMC doctors to check him.

While Vardewas being discharged, Dr Dhunghat said he was not instructed to use a mask or asked not to mix with people. In fact, hediscovered he was SARS positive when he was attending a birthday party with his wife.

Dr DhungatbelievesVardeisnow out of danger --his familyisnot infected with theSARS viruseither --hecannot understand how the GMC authorities could be so careless and casual.



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...the Hospitals and their staff stop improving their patient care as fast as the progress being made in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries in India. ...


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Sub: SARS Victim not treated in time

It is deplorable. Cannot imagine what would happen if it spreads like an epidemic especially in the rural areas.All the talk of control is limited ...


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Sub: Negligence at Goa Medical College

This is not the only instance, wherein the staff & doctors of Goa Medical College have shown their carelessness towards patients. I have heard and ...


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With due respect to Dr Dhungat, I feel he is being too harsh on GMC. He is not considering the fact that Mr Varde was ...


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