In a blow to the state government and district administration facing flak for dismal condition of shelter homes to the state, four more inmates of nari niketan were taken ill and rushed to Doon hospital on Monday morning. With this, the number of inmates hospitalized has risen to five.
“The four women bought to the hospital on Monday are severely anaemic and chronically malnourished. All their tests have been done and will be send for investigations. By Tuesday, we will be in a better position to make a comment on their internal health status. They are under care of medical experts at the hospital,” said Dr DS Rawat, in charge principal medical superintendent, Doon hospital.
The condition of four other inmates, identified as Heena, Kanchan, Ramdurali and Indrwati, is stated to be critical. Doctors at the hospital said they need to be looked after by attendants round the clock or else their condition may deteriorate further.
Earlier, on Saturday, an inmate, Razia, was admitted to Doon hospital as she was suffering from acute tuberculosis and severe chest infection, according to a doctor attending on her. Another inmate was admitted and discharged later.
Over the past one week, eight inmates of nari niketan have been admitted to the hospital, indicating shoddy medical arrangements and food facilities at the shelter home. The doctors of Doon hospital have are keeping a vigil on the condition of these inmates. The health department brass wants to avoid any laxity in the wake of the death of two inmates in the last one week, which has completely shaken the state government. The two died due to multi-organ failure triggered by malnutrition, according to their medical reports.
It was the admission to hospital of a deaf and mute inmate who was forced to abort her fetus which blew the lid off the state of affairs at the shelter home for destitude women, sending shockwaves across the corridors of power. The entire district administration’s high level committee, medical team and social welfare department officials went to the nari niketan to inspect the shelter home.