Farmer who advertised Anna Bhagya alleges negligence at State-run hospital

The recent rollout of Arogya Bhagya, aimed at providing free treatment for all, has, allegedly, been of no use to a family that was used to advertise the State government’s Anna Bhagya scheme. The family of M.C. Raju, a resident of Marahalli in Doddaballapur taluk, advertised Anna Bhagya when it was launched.

His son, Nandaraj Gowda, 13, who had been admitted to the State-run Vani Vilas hospital for abdominal distension on June 21, was forced to request for a discharge after doctors at the hospital allegedly failed to provide proper treatment and “harassed” the family financially.

“They referred us to the adjoining PMSSY hospital from where we were referred back to Vani Vilas. Doctors in Vani Vilas kept my son for 11 days without arriving at a final diagnosis. They made us buy expensive medicine from outside and run around to give blood samples to the laboratory and collect reports every day,” Mr Raju told
The Hindu
. “Finally, I sought a second opinion from a private doctor and admitted him to Sagar hospital. Here doctors diagnosed my son with chronic calculous pancreatitis and did a surgery to place a stent in his pancreas. He was discharged within five days. My only question is how could the private doctors treat my son while the government doctors were not able to diagnose?”

Sarala Sabhapathy, Head of the Department of Paediatrics in Vani Vilas, said the boy was evaluated and diagnosed with hemorrhagic pancreatitis. “As Vani Vilas does not have a gastroenterology department, he was referred to PMSSY. But they sent him back to us as it is a paediatric case. However, as the boy required surgical treatment, which is not available in Vani Vilas. We were medically managing him as per the advice of the PMSSY gastroenterologist. The boy was discharged at request of the family and there is no negligence,” she claimed.

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