Blast victims hit by HMC exit order

March 03, 2014 - 2:22:21 am

Mohammed Iqbal Ismail talks about his injuries at his home in Doha. (Kammutty VP)

By Satish Kanady

DOHA:Four days after the gas tank blast that claimed 11 lives and left 35 hurt, at least half a dozen victims are facing the brunt of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) allegedly unusual haste to discharge them from the hospital. 

While one of the injured is in excruciating pain with multiple injuries, alone in his room, another victim is reportedly undergoing treatment at another hospital with a deep eye injury. Yet another victim, who suffered serious chest pain, is planning to meet a private doctor today.

Of the total 36 injured admitted to the Emergency Department of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) on the fateful day, 20 were discharged within 24 hours.

Mohammed Iqbal Ismail, a limousine driver who sustained multiple injuries in the blast was rushed to the HMC by the Civil Defence. The Emergency Health staff did not bother to attend him as he was not carrying his Qatar ID card. “I reached the hospital blood-soaked. I told them repeatedly that the card is in my car that was parked near the accident spot. But they did not bother to touch me until my friend brought it around 5pm, means nearly five hours after I reached the Emergency Department”, Mohammed told The Peninsula.

Mohammed who got multiple stitches on his head, face and limbs was discharged from the hospital around 7pm on Thursday. After reaching home, his friends again rushed him to the hospital around 11pm after he complained of severe pains.

“Straight after giving me some tablets, I was asked to leave the hospital. I insisted I be admitted. But they said I am fine and I am not a case fit for in-patient care”, Mohammed said.

With multiple stitches, his friends say over a dozen, and his right arm in sling, Mohammed reached his room by 2 am.

With unbearable pain and high temperature, Mohammed and his friend Sharafudheen, another blast victim who was also discharged on the same day, went to Madinat Khalifa Health Centre next morning. 

But the health staff told them the hospital has no mandate to examine them. “Sharafudheen insisted that he be examined as he was experiencing severe pain in his eye. It was later detected there was bleeding in his eyes. He is now undergoing treatment at Rumailah hospital”, Mohammed said.

“I still think there are some splinters inside my body. My head is splitting with pains . Due to unbearable pain, I am unable to sleep. With the HMC and the primary health centre in no mood to take care of me, I do not know what to do”, says hapless Mohammed.

The Peninsula

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