“I hated every minute of training, but I said…Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” This text is written on the Facebook cover photo of Dr Krishnaprasath Ramasamy, a junior resident at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh. But he could not “suffer” anymore and in less than two months of joining the hospital, he committed suicide. Dr Krishnaprasath was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room on Monday morning. No suicide note was recovered from his room, said police.
The incident took place just 17 months after another junior resident doctor committed suicide at the PGIMER Chandigarh in September 2016. Dr Sunil Chandel, 31, of Mandi, who was posted in the nuclear medicine department.
“Dr Krishnaprasath had joined the MD course here in January. He was very intelligent and was among top rankers in the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, Delhi, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, too, but he chose this institute,” said one of the senior residents, who did not wish to be named. “He joined in the general medicine department and was posted for a while in the emergency. He could not take the pressure and in the third counseling he chose to shift to the radiology department.”
The PGIMER had initiated a helpline number 7087008700 for doctors in distress, but most of them are not even aware of it. In a random survey conducted by HT correspondent, only one out of 10 doctors had the number. Medical reporters feel that more needs to be done to destress the working environment and just telephonic counseling is not enough.