Bhopal, June 6. Twenty years on and the Bhopal Gas Tragedy continues
to haunt the public of Bhopal. Today it was reported that there were
six more victims dead from the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy .
Doctors at a hospital that was set up here to treat the affected
people are being accused of negligence.
'More than six people have died in the past two months due to the
sheer negligence of the BMHRC management,' alleged Abdul Jabbar,
convenor of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), a
pressure group working for the cause of the gas tragedy victims.
The BMHRC - Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre - came into
being for the treatment of those suffering from the after-effects of
the tonnes of lethal Methyl Isocyanate gas that leaked out of Union
Carbide's pesticide plant on the night of Dec 2, 1984, killing over
1,700 people instantly and affecting thousands for life.
The hospital management is often accused of giving priority to private
patients at the cost of gas victims for whom the hospital was
Six gas tragedy victims are reported to have died in the past two months.
'The doctors fitted a respiratory pipe into my father's throat that
led to excessive bleeding and resulted in his death,' claimed Noor
Jahan, daughter of Abdul Hamid who died last month.
The BMHRC, which has a corpus of nearly Rs.3.88 billion (about $83
million), has been built and is run by funds provided by the Union
Carbide Corp, after a Supreme Court ruling to that effect.
Jabbar's brother died last month after he was reportedly not admitted
to the hospital.
'I took my brother to the BMHRC for treatment on the 3rd, 4th and 20th
(of May) but it was only on the 24th that they admitted him. Had they
admitted him the very first day, he would not have died,' said Jabbar.
He is now demanding that the Supreme Court oversee the day-to-day
functioning of the hospital because 'the management gives preference
to private patients at the cost of gas victims for whom the hospital
'All I am asking for is that (the Bhopal) gas tragedy victims should
get the right treatment and not be ignored,' said Jabbar.
'Ignorance and carelessness have become the bane of the BMHRC,' said
Shaukat Ali, who lost her sister Afsar Jahan May 6. She alleged that
her sister died after she was administered a wrong injection.
Five other gas victims - Kewal Kumar Sharma, Vishnu Kumar Vyas,
Nandlal Panthi, Mazhar Khan and Hasina Bi - are reported to have died
in the last two months.
This is not the first time the BMHRC has come in for criticism for
ignoring the interests of the gas victims. Earlier too there have been
complaints by patients and relatives that doctors deny treatment to
the gas victims.
Activists say children born after the disaster are suffering from
chronic respiratory and liver ailments but they are without any
medical cover in spite of the Supreme Court's directives.
According to an international medical commission, the victims suffer
from serious health problems that are being misdiagnosed or ignored by
BMHRC director Indranil Mittra, however, claimed they provide
treatment only after the formalities are done, 'but the patients are
quite annoyed with the long and complex process of registration'.
(Source: IANS News)