Death of teenage girl at hospital
KARACHI: A teenage girl died due to alleged negligence of doctors while receiving treatment at a private hospital in New Karachi. Her family staged a protest against the doctors and demanded strict punishment for them.
Meanwhile, Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed has formed an investigation committee to investigate the girl’s death and announced a bill would be tabled soon in the Sindh Assembly to regulate private hospitals.
According to details by Daily Times, Anum, 18, had been suffering from flu with fever and was, therefore, taken to Godhra Muslim Medical Centre and Charitable Hospital where, according to her family, she was given an injection among other medicines. Anum was taken back home where her condition worsened, therefore, she was taken to the same hospital where the doctors diagnosed her with low blood pressure and gave her another injection, following which she died, the family said.
They alleged that after Anum’s death, the doctors fled from the hospital and its administration locked them in a room when they started protesting. The police have registered FIR No 90/10 against the hospital administration after the victim’s parents and the area people held protest demonstrations.
According to Abdul Sattar, the chairman of the hospital, when the girl was brought to the hospital, her condition was already serious; the doctors did what they had to do and it is not a case of negligence.
It should be noted here that the girl’s parents and a score of other people residing in the area had gathered outside the hospital and disturbed the law and order situation when they pelted passing vehicles with stones and staged a demonstration.
However, a heavy contingent of law enforcers had arrived on the scene and dispersed the protesters peacefully. The health minister has taken serious notice of the issue and formed a three-member probe committee, led by Special Health Secretary Dr Abdul Majid, which would submit its report within three days.
Regretting the sad incidents taking place due to negligence of doctors and paramedics, he said the licence of the hospital might also be cancelled. Such lack of seriousness by medical professionals stains the image of our society and stern action will be taken against doctors and paramedics found negligent while treating patients, he added.Negligent doctors strike again?[google-map]