THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Relatives of a three-year-old girl in Venganoor Balaramapuram have come forward with serious accusations against Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. According to the family, the child was playing outside her home when the stray dog viciously attacked her, resulting in severe injuries to her forehead. Tragically, the dog died shortly after the incident.
The child was rushed to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in critical condition, but her relatives claim that they faced significant delays in receiving necessary first aid. Allegedly, she had to endure several hours of waiting before medical attention was provided, causing further distress to the already dire situation.
Adding to the concerns, the relatives expressed dissatisfaction with the hospital’s handling of the case and its failure to promptly administer the anti-rabies vaccine. Hospital authorities attributed this failure to a lack of available vaccines within the hospital premises. Consequently, the family had to purchase the required medicine from an external source, incurring an expense of Rs 4000.
Frustrated by the perceived negligence and lack of timely treatment, the family decided to transfer the child to a private hospital in the city, where she is currently undergoing treatment.
These allegations have raised broader issues regarding the prevalence of stray dog attacks in the area and the adequacy of the state government’s response.
Criticisms have been directed towards the main medical college hospital in the capital city, which allegedly lacked the necessary vaccine despite the frequency of such attacks. This has led to questions about the state’s governance and its ability to manage healthcare facilities adequately.
Local residents have reportedly lodged multiple complaints with panchayat authorities concerning the stray dog menace in the area. However, no concrete action has been taken by the panchayat to address the issue, despite the apparent urgency of the matter.