Another young doctor succumbs to the ever increasing stress of the medical profession, this time in PG hostel of BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad.
Shock waves coursed through the Civil Hospital campus after Ruhi Hathidra, a 26-year-old third-year resident doctor, committed suicide on the terrace of the PG hostel building early on Saturday morning.
Hathidra, who was pursuing postgraduation in paediatrics ended her life by injecting Propofol, a commonly used anaesthetic in surgical procedures, in her left arm. Police said she was pregnant.
Hathidra was reportedly gravely anxious about her preparations for the university exams, scheduled to be held on May 1 and that could be the reason for suicide; though investigations are under way.
Sources said Hathidra was found unconscious by her colleagues. She was taken to the hospital but was declared dead. Police have found an empty injection ampoule and four sealed ones from the terrace of the hostel block.
Additional DCP (F Division) Rajesh Gadhiya said: “Hathidra was married about two and half years ago to Dr Ali Jagmag, an orthopaedic resident doctor. The families of both doctors are from Kanodar near Palanpur.” Hathidra’s father Yunus Hathidra, is also a doctor and resides in Paldi. “Her father has told us that she was stressed about the exams. She had repeatedly complained that she was not able to remember what she was studying,” Gadhiya said.
“The room-mate has said in her statement that she slept at 11pm, Till that time, Hathidra was in the room. This means that Hathidra committed suicide either late in the night or early on Saturday morning.” an investigator said
Additional commissioner of police (Sector-2) Ashok Yadav said that while it is possible that Hathidra ended her life because of exam anxiety, police are exploring all possible angles.
“We have currently registered a case of accidental death. The statements of her parents, husband, and in-laws will be recorded once they have performed the last rites,” Yadav said.
Some urgent steps must be taken to address this stress epidemic.
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