Some private ambulance drivers burnt crackers in front of the casualty wing of a hospital in Kayamkulam, a taluk of Thiruvananthapuram as a part of Onam revelry. This incident was followed a week after a controversy triggered on the alleged conduct of Onam 'sadya' (feast) in an operation theater at the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.
The District Medical Officer and Superintendent of the hospital sought an explanation from the doctor on duty regarding the incident at Kayamkulam in the district as it kicked up a row. Drivers of some private ambulances burnt the crackers along with their friends before the casualty wing on August 28 in the night throwing patients and bystanders into a tizzy, they said. Some of the scared bystanders and children even cried aloud when the crackers went off unexpectedly, they said.
Earlier, a nurse had been transferred and a doctor slapped with a showcause notice after the alleged conduct of 'onam sadya' at the operation theatre in the government Medical College Hospital in state capital as part of the Onam celebration on August 22. Besides serving feast, a floral carpet was also laid in the operation theatre to greet the staff, including doctors, as part of the celebrations on that day.