“To call women the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior.” These are the words of none other than the Father of the Nation. The four female security guards posted at Ruby Hall Clinic yesterday proved that the Mahatma was indeed right, as they took on a mob of 40 people that attacked the hospital after a loved one died due to alleged medical negligence. While the male security guards ran away to save themselves from the wrath of the incensed mob, these women protected the bastion till the very end.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Vandana Gaud, one of the lady security guards at the hospital, said, “The mob first broke the glass wall of the main building and entered the lobby. The people then damaged one of the cabins, broke another glass wall, and then ransacked the office. When I went to stop them, they pushed me back due to which fell on the pot kept outside the entrance of the building and sustained injuries on my hand.”
Pooja Kathawate, another security guard who got seriously injured in the melee, said that one of the men picked up an iron rod to break the glass. “While trying to stop him, my leg got injured.” Likewise, Kaviata Kudle and Christine Anthony too sustained injuries. “While I was stopping the mob from entering inside the building, the people pushed me so forcefully that I fell down and injured neck, hand and shoulder,” Anthony said. Chief Security Officer of the hospital Lt Col Satishkumar Bhatiya (retd) said that necessary treatment has been given to the guards.
According to the hospital administration, the mob vandalised the hospital building following the death of a 19-year-old youth who succumbed to Septicemia. Aman Galande, a resident of Vadgaon Sheri who died on the morning of August 27, was admitted to the hospital on August 22 after he complained of respiratory troubles. However, the family claims that the youth died following delay in treatment by the hospital.
“When Aman fell ill, we approached our family doctor for treatment. When we didn’t see any improvement in his condition, the doctor said that he may be suffering from swine flu and asked us to admit him to hospital. When we brought Aman here, he was admitted him in the ICU. The doctors started the treatment for swine flu and sent Aman’s swab for test on August 24. The result was negative. Yesterday (Monday) they told us to they need to carry out the test again, and its result turned out to be was positive,” informed Vatsal Ghule, Aman’s aunt.
“At times the report may come negative for the H1N1 test, but that doesn’t mean that the patient isn’t suffering from the diseases. As he was also suffering from pneumonia, we started treatment for H1N1 and pneumonia. However his condition kept deteriorating, and at last he succumbed to multiple organ failure,” said Dr Abhay Sadre, who was treating Aman. However, Sujata Malik, medical director of the hospital denied that Aman was suffering from H1N1. “He had septicemia, and was also suffering from the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Though these are the symptoms of swine flu, he didn’t actually have that.”
Dr MS Chadda, deputy director at National Institute of Virology (NIV) said that there are possibilities that swab taken at a very early stage may not test positive for swine flu. “In few cases, the swab doesn’t test positive for even 4-5 days after being infected,” the doctor said.