Boys' death at Karaikal GH reveals insufficient personnel and subpar conditions

Death of Class VIII child highlights inadequacy of Karaikal Government General Hospitals . Two medical officers suspended for medical negligence .

KARAIKAL (KARAIKAL) — The tragic death of a Class VIII child who was poisoned by his classmates mother has highlighted the inadequacy of a Karaikal Government General Hospital's specialists, doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff.It has also highlighted the lack of infrastructure in the GH.Following widespread demonstrations, the health and family welfare department suspended two general duty medical officers in the hospital for medical negligence.More than 40 doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff members of Karaikal Government Hospital who were stationed in Puducherry on service placements were invited to return to Karaikal GH by the directorate.

Sixteen out of the 18 approved specialist positions in Karaikal GH are vacant.While condemning the government for suspending two medical officers, the Puducherry Government Medical Officers Association said the boy's death was caused by a lack of technical facilities and a shortage of specialists.In a memorandum to the director of health and family welfare services, association president Dr K Sudhakar said that the two medical officers are expected to bear the collective angst of the people over the deficiencies and shortcomings that exist in the organization for a long time.The association urged the government to fill the vacant Specialist Vacancies in Karaikal GH within a week with UPSC-cruited specialists and warned that the group will be forced to launch demonstrations as medical staff cannot continue to bear the brunt of administrative failures.