Kohima: In an alleged case of gross medical negligence, a resident of Nagaland‘s Dimapur, Rosy Sangma, recently died at a hospital in Gurugram, reportedly after doctors fed her ice cream while she was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
The incident took place at Alphaa Hospital in Guragam, Haryana, where Rosy was reportedly admitted for treatment. Video recordings by her cousin Samuel Sangma encountering the healthcare workers, including a doctor, on the matter were widely circulated on the Internet.
In a video, Samuel, who died by suicide a day after the incident, narrated that the hospital staff fed his aunt with ice-cream even when she was not able to eat anything, shortly before she passed away.
Samuel, who was at the hospital and behind the camera, was seen to be attacked by one of the doctors who objected to his recording. In another video, Samuel recorded the entrance of the hospital which displayed the name of the hospital alleging that his aunt was killed.
An executive of the Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD), on condition of anonymity, told EastMojo that following the circulation of the viral videos, the students’ body reached out to Samuel over phone on the day of the incident.
“We called him (Samuel) first and enquired what actually happened and assured him that the NSUD is there for them. We also informed him that the Delhi Police Special Unit for North East Region (SPUNER) was already alerted and that the police team will soon be there,” the source said.
The student leader informed that a day later, Samuel reportedly died by suicide at a hotel room. As per the NSUD, the state government donated an amount of Rs 1 Lakh from the CM corpus fund which was used to pay for the expenses of the coffins and transportation as the student body prepared for the logistics.
Following the incident, Robin Hibu of The Helping Hands said he too was looking into the matter and requested the family of the bereaved to contact him. The Naga Students’ Union, Delhi unit has also asked for the post-mortem report of the death of Samuel Sangma.
“While reiterating the NSUD’s stand to reiterate that it stands to serve the people, it is very unfortunate that some content creators on YouTube are questioning what the NSUD and the government is doing without realising how our people here have had sleepless nights to support the family. But we are clear on our stand that we will continue working for the people,” the source said.
Over the past days, the incident has evoked anger among Nagas living in and outside Nagaland, with several people calling for action against the hospital for such criminal negligence over Rosy’s treatment.
Meanwhile, as per reports, the families and friends of the victims also alleged foul play in the death of Samuel, and further sought the attention of the state government for proper inquiry into both the deaths.
Attempts made to contact the Nagaland Home Commissioner by EastMojo went unanswered.