Endosulfan victim dies, clinic ransacked

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KASARGOD: Protesters ransacked the private clinic of a doctor at the General Hospital here on Thursday and staged a sitin before the hospital gate following the death of a three-year-old girl, listed as an endosulfan victim.

The Health Department later suspended Dr Narayana Naik from service on the basis of a probe report sent by Dr Jose D’ Cruze, District Medical Officer. The girl, Prajitha, who suffered from epilepsy was brought to the General Hospital for treatment on Wednesday evening by her mother Jayanthi.

The girl, daughter of Sasidharan, was brought to the hospital as she developed fever and drooled. Jayanthi was told at the hospital that child specialist was on leave and the hospital authorities refused to admit her though her mother showed the ‘snehaswanthanam card’ issued to endosulfan patients.

The hospital authorities directed her to go to the clinic of Dr Narayana Naik, child specialist. Jayanthi, a native of Nattakkallu in Mulleria and was a stranger to the area was stranded at the hospital waiting for help.

An autorickshaw driver took her to the clinic of Dr Narayana Naik, who examined the child. Since Jayanthi had no money with her the autorickshaw driver paid the doctor’s fee of Rs 100. Jayanthi said though she showed the outpatient card, the doctor demanded `100 as his fee. Prajitha was brought back to the General Hospital and was admitted there. The victim’s parents said though the doctor had told them that he would come back to the hospital later, he did not turn up. The girl was finally shifted to a private hospital in the town around 9 pm where doctors pronounced her condition to be serious and she died on Thursday morning.

The DYFI men took out a march to the hospital and tried to stage a sitin before the office of the hospital superintendent. However, the police prevented them from entering the hospital premises. The DYFI men then staged a sitin before the hospital gate.

The activists of Youth League, Youth Congress and Solidarity also took out marches to the hospital and staged a dharna. A group of DYFI men stoned the clinic of Dr Narayana Naik and his wife Dr Jyothi in Pulikkunnu around 11 am. Meanwhile, the body of Prajitha was sent to the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital for autopsy as demanded by the relatives of the victim.
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