The C Times, 1st June 2017, Agartala: The pathetic and deteriorating condition of the state Medical hospitals has again come into focus after the death of a 55-year-old snake-bite victim due to non –availability of anti-venom medicines.
The deceased Swapan Das, s/o Lt. TaraniMohan Das was a resident of Ishanchandranagar, Amtali and used to run a tea stall in Aswini Market. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night at around 11.45 pm when he was cleaning his mud-walled house. He was rushed to HapaniaAmbedkar Medical Hospital initially and then referred to G.B hospital due to non-availability of venom antiserum and antivenin injections. Unfortunately, proper treatment could not be done at G.B hospital as the hospital had no stock of proper snake venom antidotes.
At around 7.15 A.M today morning Sri Das breathed his last. This incident has brought forth the pitiable conditions of two big referral state medical hospitals of Tripura, despite government propaganda about development in the health sector.
Sri Das’s death has sparked a major controversy over the functioning of the health department of the state with the Opposition demanding the immediate resignation or dismissal of Health Minister Badal Chowdhury.