A woman belonging to a primitive tribe died at MGM Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday with her husband alleging negligence, a charge the state-run hospital later denied.
Gurbari Sabar (30) from Bagalgora village in Ghatshila was admitted to the Jamshedpur hospital in a serious condition on February 8. She died around 10 am on Tuesday when her husband Madan Sabar had gone out to buy medicines prescribed by the hospital.
"I had gone to the Sakchi market for buying medicines on the attending doctor's advice. When I returned, I found my wife lying motionless. Soon after, a doctor who declared her dead," Madan said.
Madan, who is farm labourer at Ghatshila, said it was unfortunate he could not save his wife despite having money to buy medicines.
He said his wife was suffering from tuberculosis for the last six months. Treatment at a primary health centre in Ghatshila didn't help. Hence, he brought her to MGM.
"But after admitting her, I learnt that the hospital does not have stock of necessary medicines. Throughout her stay, I had to go to the Sakchi market to buy medicines," he said.
MGM superintendent S.S. Prasad, however, refuted Madan's allegations. "We took extra care of Gurbari because she belonged to a primitive tribe," he said.
Prasad admitted a crisis of medicines, but claimed they bought medicines from the market to treat her.
"Actually, she had been admitted in a serious condition and there was hardly any chance of her survival," he rued.