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Medical College Director indicted after Video showing him using Table Salt on surgical patients goes viral


Medical College Director indicted after Video showing him using Table Salt on surgical patients goes viral

In the video, the Dr Pujahari’s team is seen pouring edible table salt inside a man’s body following a surgical incision. Certain sources informed the daily that Dr Pujahari told the panel that he used the salt as a hypertonic saline (a solution that contains a very low percentage of sodium chloride)

Bhubaneswar: After a video of Ashwini Pujahari, the Director of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) pouring edible table salt inside a man’s body following a surgical incision went viral, the four-member inquiry committee investing the charges against him has indicted the accused doctor.

The doctor has been accused of unethical clinical practice and misconduct. Based on the report submitted by the inquiry committee to the government, the doctor has been found guilty and asked to go on leave until he replies to the show-cause notices sent to him by the government regarding his actions.

However, the doctor has too applied for his resignation, as per media reports.

The matter came to light when the juniors doctors attached to the institute started observing cease work demanding the removal of the Director. Medical Dialogues had reported that on 22nd November, the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) submitted a memorandum to the Health Minister demanding the removal of the Dr Pujahari alleging his involvement in unlawful activities stating that his style of functioning is not acceptable to the medicos at the institute.

There are allegations that the accused Director has been harassing resident doctors, medical students, faculties and staff. Not only this, the director has been resorting to unethical human experiments while treating patients and behaving with them in humiliating ways, claimed the open letter to the Health Minister by United Resident Doctors’ Association (URDA).

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In a recent press release, the JDA at VIMSAR stated: “Pujahari performed unwarranted and unapproved surgeries on poor and destitute patients who can’t protest, without their informed and written consent.” They alleged Dr Pujahari used table salt and lemon juice on many patients without approval from the Drug Controller of India.

The JDA has also filed a police complaint against Pujahari, reports Odisha TV. The JDA members stated, “There is no reference in books regarding such type of treatments and we have evidence that the patient on whom edible salt was used during surgery died.”

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TOI reports that the panel, among others, examined a video which had gone viral on social media. In the video, the Dr Pujahari’s team is seen pouring edible table salt inside a man’s body following a surgical incision. Certain sources informed the daily that Dr Pujahari told the panel that he used the salt as a hypertonic saline (a solution that contains a very low percentage of sodium chloride). The panel, however, did not find it acceptable as table salt contains 95% sodium chloride.

On the other hand, Dr Pujahari has refuted the allegations charged against him claiming, “The patient shown in the video is doing fine. Salt was poured but was removed using suction pipes after a few minutes. The video shown was not complete.”

Meanwhile, in support of their counterparts at VIMSAR, two other state-based medical colleges have come forward to join the agitation, adds Odisha TV.

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Director Resigns after inquiry

A day after the inquiry committee indicted him, Dr Pujahari has been served a show-cause notice and directed to remain on leave until his reply is received and disposed by the State Government.

 “He has been asked to reply on the findings and observations of the inquiry committee against allegations levelled against him. If he fails to reply within the stipulated time, it will be presumed that he has nothing to say and the matter would be decided as deemed proper and appropriate,” Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda confirmed to TNIE.

However, the doctor himself has submitted his resignation to the department meanwhile.

“If they think that I am responsible for disruption in healthcare services then its better, I should resign as Surgeon,” Pujahari had written in the letter as per Odisha TV.




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  1. Dr Pujahari is an amazing surgeon and great teacher, writer and human being.
    Also hypertonic saline, honey, neem, banana leaf, onion and potato chips have been used in contact with chronic wounds for short term dressings. These cannot be reasons to deride him and take actions against him. The real reasons for such actions reside elsewhere. Wish Dr Pujahari all the best in life.

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    Dr (Col) A T K Rau, Sr. Professor of Pediatrics December 10, 2018, 9:01 am

    I have known Dr (Gp. Capt) Ashwini Pujahari for the last twenty years when both of us were serving in the Indian Armed Forces as doctor specialists. While at times he does come about as a forceful and often stubborn individual and we have had a difference in opinion on many instance, I have no doubt that he is an brilliant surgeon, an exceptional teacher and a totally honest and dedicated human being. There seems to be much more than meets the eye with regards to this entire controversy and I am sure truth will prevail. If he leaves the post and under duress, it will only be to the detriment of the institution.

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    Prof.Dr.P.Suvarna Devi December 9, 2018, 7:30 pm

    What exactly is the case scenario, and the outcome? Table salt is used with all aseptic precautions to treat umbilical granuloma in newborns and it works like magic. Perhaps he has a legitimate reason going by the media reports alone is not fair

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    Himansu Sekhar Mishra December 9, 2018, 6:00 pm

    Report is one sided showing only one side of the coin. The Doctor\’s own view, views from his patients and colleagues and if at all he was doing any research/experimental study should have been mentioned. whether he is being irrationally targeted because he is honest and strict that should have been checked.

  5. HE IS A GOOD DOCTOR DOING GOODFOR THE INSTITUTION. HE HAS STOPPED THE MALPRACTICE AND OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITY FOR WHICH HE HAS BEEN TARGETED.