Aurangabad: 7-year-old girl holds saline bottle in hand beside her father’s bed

In a heart-wrenching incident which came to light, a 7-year-old girl, from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, was holding on to a saline bottle, for about half an hour, next to her ailing father's bed, as there was no stand available in the hospital to hang the saline bottle

Aurangabad: 7-year-old girl holds saline bottle in hand beside her father’s bed

  • On Wednesday, a photo of a 7-year-old girl went viral on social media. This girl was standing next to her ailing father’s bed, holding on a saline bottle in her right hand.
  • She was trying to hold the bottle as high as she possibly could, so the saline can flow properly without any hindrance.
  • The photo created a buzz on social media and the administration of Aurangabad Medical College swung into action

The incident had occurred on Wednesday, when Eknath Gawli, a 45-year-old from Khultabad, Aurangabad, had undergone an operation at Aurangabad’s Government Medical College. After the operation, while he was being shifted to the ward, the hospital authorities asked his daughter to hold on to a saline bottle. Eknath was later shifted to in a ward, but there was no saline bottle holding stand which was available there. So, his daughter who is barely 7 years of age, had to hold the bottle for about half-an-hour.

It was not clear when the hospital administrations helped them or not, but after half-an-hour the girl’s elder brother managed to get hold of a stand for the saline drip.

As the photo went viral on social media, the administration swung into action immediately.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Girish Mahajan, Maharashtra Medical Education minister  said, “We have ordered an inquiry in this matter. The detailed investigation would be carried out. We have given the instructions to the administration, that patients should not suffer this sort of problems.”

Dr Kanan Yelikar, Dean of the Government Medical College, Aurangabad, said, “The incident has occurred while transferring the patient from operation theatre to the ward. We have issued a strict instruction that this should not be repeated henceforth.”

But, a young child holding a saline bottle in her hand shows the sorry state of affairs of the Maharashtra health ministry.

NCP MP Supriya Sule tweeted a photograph. In her tweet MP Supriya Sule said, “A 7-year-old girl had to stand beside her father’s bed holding a saline for half an hour. Is this are acche din?”