Just Compare the media projection, burden of negligence and accountability of hundreds of healthy deaths by civic negligence with one hospital death by disease. In fact the burden of negligence here in healthy deaths is massive and these deaths are unpardonable. But reality is opposite. It is just to compare how a naked “negligence in deaths of healthy people” in such cases to the “alleged and perceived negligence ( with no proof and no investigation ) in death of someone already having disease and death in hospital” during treatment is projected by our society and media.
An unfortunate incident of untimely death of a young and talented person happened yesterday due to civic negligence. The family lost their dear daughter due to an incident which was totally preventable . Another recent incident was of unlicensed school vans being driven rashly, again leading to entirely preventable loss of lives. These incidents bring fore to my mind the misplaced priorities of media and society which too have contributed to some extent to these unabated ongoing preventable deaths of hundreds of healthy people.
An open drain and a poorly lit road claimed the life of a young executive in Noida in the early hours of Wednesday. The victim, Tania Khanna was driving car that plunged into the eight-foot-wide drain. Such a huge drain has been left uncovered and there is no proper mechanism of streets lights in the area. There is also no CCTV camera installed there. Noida Authority officials did not respond to requests for a comment.
An open drain next to a road with no barrier or signage and not even street lighting is a recipe for disaster. No civilized part of the world would allow such a situation to exist. That this particular area is still in the process of being developed is beside the point. Whether an area is fully developed or is being developed, there should either be no open drain or if there is one that has not yet been covered, it must be clearly separated from the road and pavements by barriers. There should also be clear signs warning people of the potential danger and lighting to ensure they can see it. That this is not done amounts to negligence by the civic authorities, for which individual accountability must be fixed and action taken.
Multiple Deaths in healthy people by civic negligence :
Large numbers of death and morbidity happen amongst absolutely healthy population due to preventable causes like open manholes, drains, live electric wires, water contamination, dengue, malaria, recurring floods etc. Which somehow are never made as headlines or breaking news by media due to lack of sensational substance. These deaths of people are in thousands, and are almost entirely of healthy people, who otherwise were not at risk of death. In fact the burden of negligence here is massive and these deaths are unpardonable. It’s time media took it upon itself to bring to fore these issues so that many innocent lives of many more healthy people like Tania can be saved.
Single Death in Hospital due to disease:
The media has always, instead, focused on the stray and occasional incidents of perceived alleged negligence in hospital deaths which could have occurred due to critical medical condition of patient. However an impression is created as if the doctors have killed a healthy person. It is assumed without any investigation that it was doctor’s fault. Media has been responsible for creating a misunderstanding about the whole process of treatment . The patient coming to hospital already is diseased and some are critical and have a finite percent chance of death. The doctor tries his best to treat him but may not always succeed. Making an issue out of a hospital death of a sick patient despite the doctors’ best efforts may get some high viewership to the paper but is it right? No. They have ignored other important things like civic negligence and has instead trained their entire energy in blaming the doctors in an effort to get something sensational out of nothing.
The whole blame is cleverly put on doctors. Even after doing everything possible, doctor may be running for his life, trying to save himself from goons. He may be an object for revenge. He may be running after lawyers, if a medical lawsuit is filed. He may have to stand like a culprit in front of relatives of deceased, who can abuse or threaten him in the language they choose, in garb of emotional outburst. Doctors are advised in such situations to be calm and suffer silently or just apologize, as it is thought to be correct in front of relatives stuck with grief. Even if court give the judgement after decades in favor of doctor, harassment of the doctor is permanent and irreversible damage is done to doctor. He is already punished.
Here it will be seen later, whether some one can be punished or not.
Point to ponder-Misplaced priorities:
Who is to be blamed for the deaths of healthy people which occur because of civic negligence? Here relatives may be helpless and the vital questions may go unanswered or taken as a routine. There are no punching bags like doctor for revenge. Any stray incident of death of an already ill patient is blown out of proportion by media forgetting the fact that thousands of patients are saved everyday by doctors. But media instead chose to defame medical profession by igniting the emotions of people by sensationalising death of diseased and ill, who probably were already at risk of death and did not give due importance to highlighting prevention of healthy and absolutely 100% preventable deaths.
Is it due to a misplaced priorities of the media or in an effort to create sensational news? Had media made an appropriate noise about right issues and scratched the right pole for preventing death of healthy people , Tania might have been alive today and thousands more.
Very good points raised by Dr.Pankaj, it shameful that healthy people are losing lives due to civic unaccountable civic system.
It’s a bigger shame that we sensation hungry Media and vote hungry politicians including PM Modi are shamelessly ignoring these preventable deaths and instead focusing on hospitals and doctors where very sick people come who are already at high risk of dying…
Only God knows when our public will be aware in real sense to reply fraudulent and dual faced in their own way…
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