Zuari Indian Oil owes naphtha victims Rs 1.65L towards treatment


A panel of doctors who examined three naphtha victims submitted a report to South Goa collector N D Agrawal, estimating an amount of 1.65 lakh to be paid to them as the final settlement for their treatment.
The report said that Tejas Palyekar, Praveen Kumar Prajapati and Navin Varadi need surgery, pressure garments, medication, physiotherapy and splintage of involved joints. While Palyekar requires 85,000 for treatment, Prajapati requires 35,000 and Varadi 45000 for treatment, the panel said.
Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida said, "The patients come from a middle-class background and need financial support for treatment. That is why I asked the chief minister to help the family get some assistance."
Mid-December, it was decided by the CM that a three-member team of doctors would be constituted under the chairmanship of the South Goa district magistrate, out of which two doctors shall be from the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, and one from the private sector.
On December 31, in the chamber of the deputy collector, Vasco, the panel examined all the persons and submitted a report to Agrawal.
The report further disclosed that all the patients were admitted to the National Burns Centre, Airoli. Palyekar was diagnosed with 42% deep flame burns and presently complains of itching and pain and difficulty in moving elbows, knees and ankles.
Prajapati was diagnosed with 36% flame burns and complains of itching and difficulty in moving fingers.
Varadi was diagnosed with 40% burns and complains of itching, pain in both heels and a stretching sensation in scars.
Dr Rajesh Patil and Dr Yuri Dias-Amborcar from GMC and Dr Uma Kamat, a private practitioner, are in the panel. The CM will now hold a meeting and direct the Zuari Indian Oil Ltd (ZIOL) to pay the same for their treatment. [TOI]