"Such things happen," said K'taka Minister Sharanprakash Patil.

Karnataka woman forced to carry sick daughter for tests after hospital refuses helpScreenshot; Times of India/YouTube
news Health Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 12:37

In a shocking display of lack of apathy by hospital staff at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and Hospital, a mother had to carry her child to the pathology lab as there was no help or stretcher provided to her.

Karevva Padesur, who hails from Hooli village in Saundatti taluk of Belagavi district, had got her daughter admitted to the hospital in Hubbali as she was suffering from fever.

On Saturday, the doctors prescribed a few tests for the child. However, according to the woman, no one from the hospital staff helped her take the child, who was on oxygen, to the pathology lab, The Hindu reported.

Karevva then carried her sick daughter and asked her relatives to carry the oxygen cylinder as they made their way to the laboratory.

The lab is around 300 metres away from the children's ward and The Hindu report states that a hospital staff accompanied them to the lab.

Incidentally, to the embarrassment of Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil, the incident took place when he was inspecting the hospital.

However, the minister, when asked about the incident, responded in a casual way, The New Indian Express reported.

"It's not a big thing. Such things happen. You should concentrate on the good works being done by the KIMS," he said.

The report adds that the minister then directed the hospital to make sure that such an incident does not take place again. 

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