South actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s demise raged havoc amongst his fans and many are now terming it as ‘medical negligence’. As a result, the late actor’s family doctor has been provided police protection in Bengaluru.
A Karnataka State Reserve Police troop has been appointed outside Dr Ramana Rao’s residence and clinic at Sadashivanagar, as confirmed by Bengaluru City Police. “We are closely monitoring the situation near these areas with intensified patrolling to avoid any untoward incident,” a senior officer stated.
According to a report by Indian Express, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) first sought protection for Dr Ramana Rao and other medical professionals involved in the treatment of the late actor.
Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on October 29 due to cardiac arrest.
Dr Prasanna H M, PHANA’s president penned a letter to the Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai expressing concern. The letter highlighted that Rajkummar’s fans and well-wishers felt that the deceased’s demise was ‘a gross violation of the healthcare privacy of an individual or a family’ and have further attempted to seek answers.
“We strongly oppose attempts by the public to point fingers at the treating physicians, especially Dr Ramana Rao, who did his best,” Dr Prasanna added in his letter.
The letter also pointed the fact that certain TV and social media platforms were attempting to blame the lack of care by the medical professionals in Rajkumar’s treatment. “This kind of judgemental and hypercritical media frenzy is creating distrust in society as well as risk to the lives of the medical professionals who served the deceased,” the letter read.
PHANA also requested Bommai to give an official statement, trying to boost the morale of the medical fraternity. “After all, we know that the medical profession has limitations, and saving lives is not always possible,” the letter concluded.