Staff plays garba inside civil hospital ward in Gujarat; government mulls action

Ahmedabad: After a video surfaced on Tuesday showing medical staff of a government-run civil hospital playing garba with loud music inside a Hemodialysis ward, Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel has asked for action against the people involved.

The nurses and medical staff of the hospital in Sola area played garba inside a newly-opened Hemodialysis ward yesterday for patients suffering from kidney-related ailments.

The matter came to light today with the video showing the event, after which Patel asked the hospital authorities to take action against the people involved in organising it.

Incidentally, the staff started playing garba, moments after Patel left the hospital premises yesterday after inaugurating the Hemodialysis ward for kidney patients.

"I have learnt that some of the medical staff of that hospital had organised garba inside the newly inaugurated ward. I have taken a serious note of it and asked the hospital superintendent to serve show cause notices to those who were involved," said Patel today.

"This new facility inaugurated yesterday is aimed at reducing financial burden on kidney patients. Instead of helping patients, the staff organised garba inside the ward, which is not proper at all," added Patel.

In the video, around 30 female as well as male staff members, including uniformed nurses, can be seen playing garba on loud music as patients looked on while resting on their beds.

"After the minister inaugurated the new ward, some of the staff members played garba inside the ward," said RMO at Sola Civil Hospital Dr Dilip Patel.

According to hospital superintendent Dr H K Bhavsar,action will be taken as per government order. "These staff members did not take any permission from me to organise such an event inside the ward. We will serve show cause notices to them," said Bhavsar.

Dr Rajesh Vishwakarma, head of ENT department in the civil hospital said, "playing garba in front of patients will not affect them if volume is not much high. As far as playing of garba in a dialysis centre is concerned, I do not think one can play DJ-like sound in such a centre.. so there is no question of affect on patients' health."

Vishwakarnma even said that playing music in front of the patients for around 10-15 minutes does not have any adverse effect. When he was told that garba was performed for about 20-25 minutes, Vishwakarma reiterated that it must have not made any affect on patients' physical health.

"Sometimes some patients do not like loud music due to psychological reasons, but such music do not affect patients' physical condition," he said.

A city-based garba tutor Rakesh Sompura, who runs a group called 'Chix and Rexx', believes that garba can act as a 'musical therapy' for a person suffering from illness.

"We have instances that playing of garba in front of a patient can become a musical therapy to those suffering from mental or physical illness," said Sompura.

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