Karachi: Fingers pointed at staff as child dies at NICH
KARACHI: Yet another case of negligence emerged from a public hospital on Monday. Parents and relatives of a three-year-old child, who died at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) due to injuries sustained in an accident, accused doctors and the NICH administration of negligence which resulted in the boy’s death.
The family members launched a protest outside the hospital, alleging that he was neither provided oxygen nor put on a ventilator, due to which he passed away at the medical facility.
According to them, three-year-old Areeb was seriously injured when he was run over by a motorcycle on Sunday night. He was moved to the NICH after receiving first aid at the Civil Hospital Karachi.
NICH Director Prof Syed Jamal Raza was not available to comment on the issue, but Deputy Director NICH Dr Arshad Hussain claimed that the patient was brought in a critical condition and doctors advised his attendants to shift him to the neurosurgery department of the JPMC.
He denied allegations that the negligence of staff or doctors resulted in the death of the boy. Hussain also dismissed claims that the NICH staff refused to give medical assistance to the boy, adding that an inquiry was underway to determine the cause of death.