Doctors at Trivandrum Medical College said Vasu was admitted with a bone fracture. The man seen twisting his fingers has been identified as R Sunil Kumar, a nursing assistant of the government-run hospital.
In the video, the elderly man, lying bare-bodied on a hospital cot, is seen crying out in pain as the nursing attendant holds his hand and surreptitiously twists his fingers. The reason for the torture is not known.
There are other patients in the ward, but no one raises an alarm. The patient on the next bed does not even turn his head. No one comes to help the man. It is not known who shot the video.
Before exiting the ward, the nursing assistant utters a guttural warning. He points to the patient and in a threatening gesture, indicates that he would beat him up if he complains or creates a scene.
The Superintendent of the Trivandrum Medical College, MS Sharmad, has ordered an investigation into the incident. The nursing assistant has been suspended.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja has condemned the incident. "We need to be making hospitals patient friendly. This action is completely intolerable," the minister said.
The Trivandrum Medical College is the oldest in the state. Its foundation stone was laid by Jawaharlal in 1951.
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