A casual worker of a manufacturing unit on the Medchal Highway was bitten by a snake when he went to pick up a tool on the passageway. Workers rushed him to the nearby clinic. But they told to take the patient to a super-speciality hospital.
“The doctors said he would have to stay in hospital for three days and the treatment would cost Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. We agreed as saving the worker’s life was important,” said manager of the unit, Manoj Kumar.
From Dec 18 to Dec 23 each day, he was given 20 vials of anti-venom. “How can an individual take so much anti-venom? We didn’t know how much venom had gone into his body,” said Mr Kumar.
After paying Rs 3.5 lakh, the company officers began making inquiries with other doctors about the treatment in snakebite cases. “We realised that we were being cheated and got another doctor to check our worker. Our doctor claimed he was fit and fine.We asked the hospital to allow us to take the patient to Gandhi Hospital. But they threatened us and demanded that we give in writing that we would be responsible if anything happens to the patient.”
In Petbasheerabad police station the company enrolled a complaint. The police visited the patient and asked hospital authorities not to trouble him. With the bills not settled, the hospital is unwilling to release the patient and the police asked the doctors to divine his “real” status, and, if required, shift him to Gandhi Hospital. Against attempts, no one from Rush Hospital, were commented.