Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Medical College Hospital found itself in a spot after allegations that the lack of timely treatment caused the death of two women.
Annamma, 56, from Sulthan Bathery and Kakkottil Kalyani, 88, of Kuttippuram in Malappuram were the deceased. While Annamma was injured in a road accident, Kalyani was a diabetes patient.
Annamma had suffered injuries after a private bus hit her. The incident occurred near her house. She was rushed to a private hospital in Bathery and then shifted to another hospital in Kalpetta. Subsequently referred to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital after her condition worsened, it was alleged that the doctors paid no heed to the pleas of Annamma’s bystanders to attend to her. “There was no one to even clean her wounds and stop her bleeding,” said her son Sibi.
Annamma, who was in deep pain, was then shifted to a private hospital in the city where she succumbed to injuries.
According to Medical College authorities, there was no delay in attending to the patients. However, they admitted that there was a shortage of doctors at the hospital.
Kalyani, a diabetic, had been admitted to the Medical College Hospital last Wednesday for a surgery on her leg. She was later shifted to a ward after the surgery. Relatives alleged that doctors did not examine Kalyani in the ward and as a result, her condition worsened. She died Sunday morning. However, hospital authorities refuted the charges regarding denial of treatment and attributed the death to advanced age and complications related to diabetes.