Italian Tourist death case: NHRC seeks ATR from state Health Dept.
Report by OdishaDiary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Taking serious note of Italian Tourist died due to medical negligence in SCB Medical College in Odisha, the National Human Rights Commission sought action taken report from state Health Department.
A 63-year-old Italian tourist, Sebastian Rosario Contiguglia, who was undergoing treatment for encephalitis at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, died on 14.12.12 under controversial circumstances. He was admitted to the SCB on November 26. He was shifted from the ICU to the pulmonary ward while his condition was still critical on December 11. But again on same day he was shifted to TB ward. Hospital authorities were well aware that he was a destitute patient, still no attendant was provided to him. Even if some volunteers are interested to work as attendant for him. But they are not allowed. In the absence of an attendant, the tourist had fallen off his bed twice on December 11, following which his condition deteriorated further, leading to his death.
Human Rights Activist and Managing trustee of Odisha-based rights body India Media Centre, Mr. Akhand, had filled a petition before NHRC alleging Human Rights violation by the medical authorities. He pryed before the commission for action against guilty medical officials and Rupees 20 lakh as compensation to next kin of the victim. Hearing the matter NHRC ordered to the Health Secretary to submit action taken report within four weeks.