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Hospital in Tinsukia leaves patient lying on floor, gives dead body a bed

GUWAHATI, AUG 4 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/4/2019 11:41:51 AM IST

In an incident that took place in Assam, a hospital in Tinsukia left a patient with head injury on the floor for two days. The relative of the patient who had gone to visit were shocked to see him lying next to a dead body in an “isolation ward”, reports the Northeast Today.

Their shock turned into horror when they realised that while the dead body was kept on a bed, their injured relative had been left on the floor since he was admitted two days ago.
The patient identified as Mohammad Hussain (42), a resident of Hijuguri Gate No 1 area of Tinsukia, was admitted to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi civil hospital on Wednesday night by his wife Rumena Begum after he fainted on the road and suffered a head injury.
When Hussain’s relatives visited the hospital on Friday, they did not find him in the general ward and were told he was in a different room. 
They went there only to find Hussain lying on the floor, a body kept on a bed next to him and a mentally ill patient lying on another bed.
Sources said the mentally ill man was lying so still that the relatives thought he was dead too.
The enraged family members raised an alarm and stormed into the office of the superintendent demanding an explanation. Hussain was then immediately shifted to the general ward.
Rumena said, that for three days, her husband was kept in the morgue of the hospital along with corpses. 
It is an inhuman act and had demanded an inquiry into the incident.
The hospital authorities, however, denied the allegations saying that Tinsukia civil hospital does not have a morgue. The room where the patient was kept was an ‘isolation ward’ where critical patients are kept.
The authorities said that Hussain was kept on the floor so he does not fall from the bed. 
The body which was in the room belonged to an unidentified individual who was brought to the hospital by the Government Railway Police and, since the hospital doesn’t have a morgue, the body was not removed.
Staff members in the hospital said they were forced to shift Hussain to the isolation ward as he was in an inebriated state when he was brought to the hospital by his wife on Wednesday.
 

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