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Tura, Feb 8: The death of one of the two injured accident victims in Nangalbibra on Saturday has been blamed on the medical doctors who failed to attend to them as they had left their work stations for their home towns without obtaining leave.

The Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Nongalbibra regional unit of South Garo Hills has registered a strong complaint letter with the South Garo Hills deputy commissioner with copies to the health minister and others accusing the two doctors in Pathargittim PHC of medical negligence as both resident doctors were missing from duty when two victims who met with an accident were brought for medical aid on February 6th at around 6 PM.

A Bolero camper lost control on the NH – 62 road, not far from the PHC, falling into a deep gorge leading to grievous injuries to the two occupants of the vehicle. They were brought out by the public and rushed to the Pathargittim PHC when it was found there were no doctors available.

“When we reached the hospital with the victims, we were shocked to find both doctors absent. Due to lack of medical aid one of the victims died in the PHC premises,” said Sewa Marak, Nalgalbibra GSU president.

The two victims in the incident have been identified as Bitash K Sangma (60) resident of Nongalbibra and Jabi M Sangma (65) resident of Mahadeo. Both suffered extensive injuries and were in critical condition when taken to the hospital.

Due to the absence of doctors, a head nurse administered first aid and referred them to Williamnagar hospital for treatment which further took more than three hours to reach since there was no ambulance available and there was a delay in getting the 108 ambulance through.

“This is not the first time that these medical doctors are out of the station, many times they take this illegal leave without proper formalities. We strongly condemn such acts of these two officers and demand strong punitive action against them,” stated the GSU in their complaint letter.

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