Neuro Hospital tense after patient with spinal injury dies

KATHMANDU: Tension ran high at the National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences (Neuro Hospital) in Bansbari of Kathmandu on Sunday morning after a patient, injured in a road accident, died during treatment.

A man in his mid-20s was admitted to the health facility with spinal cord injuries. He had died at the hospital early this morning, the Nepal Medical Association General Secretary Dr Lochan Karki told THT Online.

The man reportedly died after he choked on biscuit.

"The patient was taking his meal and the food blocked his windpipe," he said, quoting NMA President Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha, who had visited the hospital this morning, "Despite their continuous efforts, doctors could not save his life."

News of his death angered the patient's  kith and kin who resorted to vandalism, accusing the hospital and doctors involved in his treatment of carelessness. They said the man was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital tomorrow.

"A mob of around 30 to 40 people entered the hospital premises and tried to smash the windows," Dr Karki narrated, "They also attacked police personnel who were guarding the building."

Around five police personnel sustained injuries in the clash.

The mob had tried to manhandle some health professionals as well, but police saved them, Dr Karki informed.

"Later, police detained around 20 persons to take the situation under control."

The clash had erupted at around 7:30 am and ended at around 12 pm, according to Dr Karki.

Meanwhile, the NMA issued a press statement and flayed the attack.

The umbrella organisation of Nepali medical doctors also demanded that the government probe the case and take action against the guilty.