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Gujarat: Staff plays garba inside hospital ward; government mulls action

After a video surfaced on Tuesday showing medical staff of a government-run civil hospital playing garba with loud music inside a Hemodialysis ward, Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel has asked for action against the people involved.

The nurses and medical staff of the hospital in Sola area played garba inside a newly-opened Hemodialysis ward yesterday for patients suffering from kidney-related ailments. The matter came to light today with the video showing the event, after which Patel asked the hospital authorities to take action against the people involved in organising it.

Incidentally, the staff started playing garba, moments after Patel left the hospital premises on Monday after inaugurating the Hemodialysis ward for kidney patients.

“I have learnt that some of the medical staff of that hospital had organised garba inside the newly inaugurated ward. I have taken a serious note of it and asked the hospital superintendent to serve show cause notices to those who were involved,” said Patel.

“This new facility inaugurated yesterday is aimed at reducing financial burden on kidney patients. Instead of helping patients, the staff organised garba inside the ward, which is not proper at all,” added Patel.

In the video, around 30 female as well as male staff members, including uniformed nurses, can be seen playing garba on loud music as patients looked on while resting on their beds.

“After the minister inaugurated the new ward, some of the staff members played garba inside the ward,” said RMO at Sola Civil Hospital Dr. Dilip Patel.

According to hospital superintendent Dr H K Bhavsar, action will be taken as per government order. “These staff members did not take any permission from me to organise such an event inside the ward. We will serve show cause notices to them,” said Bhavsar.

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