Agitated locals seen arguing with a policeman over the delay in preparing a death report at Sanquelim. (Vishant Vaze)
SANQUELIM: The delay in preparing a death report, of a person who died of a heart attack, by a doctor attached to Sanquelim primary health centre, resulted in delay in family members getting possession of the body and also led to some tense moments at Sanquelim on Tuesday.
According to the available information, Mahesh Gaonkar, 40, from Kudchirem was admitted in the health centre after complaining of chest pain. However, he died at around 8.45 a.m. due to a massive heart attack. At this time, Dr Shubhada Mandrekar was on duty. It is pertinent to note that the said doctor instead of preparing death report left the hospital at around 9 a.m., due to which neither family members nor the police could get the possession of body on time.
However, after much delay, the death report was prepared by another doctor and that was at around 1.30 p.m. and only after that the body was sent to GMC for post mortem.
Bicholim police inspector, Mr Ninad Deulkar along with his staff rushed to the scene and tried to pacify the agitated people, who demanded action against the concerned doctor.
The panchanama was conducted by PSI, Mr Girendra Naik under the guidance of PI, Mr Ninad Deulkar.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Sanquelim MLA, Dr Pramod Sawant said that deputy director of health has been instructed to conduct an inquiry into the matter, adding that, if the concerned doctor is found guilty necessary action would be initiated.
When asked, Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar said that he has instructed the director of health to keep him posted on the matter. “After getting the report necessary action will be initiated,” Mr Parsekar informed.