Amritsar, August 3
The SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences (SGRDI) has rebutted the charges of refusing to treat a 16-year-old accident victim.
Navtej Singh Guggu, activist of the Sarbat Da Bhalla Humanity Club, in a video that went viral on social networking sites, has claimed that the hospital denied treatment to Lovepreet Kaur, a kabaddi player from Mannan village near here, only because her parents couldn’t pay for her treatment.
The video was uploaded after the victim’s death at a private hospital. Guggu had alleged that the SGPC institute was not following the tenets of Sikhism.
Institute Director Dr Geeta Sharma, at a press conference here today, said, “The accident had occurred on July 2 but the patient was brought here on July 22. The family, after staying for five days, left for another private hospital thinking they would get better facilities. There is no truth in the allegations that she was thrown out of the hospital. In fact our ambulance had ferried the patient to the hospital on the Batala road.”
According to Dr Sharma, a donor had paid Rs 9,000 for the treatment of Lovepreet. “Though the bill touched the Rs-53,000-mark later, nobody asked the family to pay. We always do this for poor patients,” she said.
“We are offering free treatment to a patient with burn injuries. Around Rs 2.5 lakh has been spent on her. If we haven’t thrown out the patient against whom Rs 2.5 lakh is due, why shall we ask a poor girl with a bill of just Rs 53,000 to go,” she said.
Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Dr Kulwant Singh Ded said, “The institute spent around Rs 12 lakh on the treatment of 10 accident victims recently. The institute is contemplating legal action against the man who uploaded that video for defaming the institute.”
Talking about the controversy of a food stall selling non-veg food at the institute, the college authorities stated that they had nothing to do with the stall. “The stall is being run by a private firm. Moreover, we cannot ask students what to eat or not,” said Dr Geeta Sharma.
According to the hospital staff, people shouldn’t believe such rumours on social networking sites.