A four-year-old boy died allegedly due to 'unavailability' of blood and negligence of staff at JP Hospital, the district government hospital here. The matter came to light Sunday night.
Rahul was brought to the hospital by his mother from Vikas Colony, a slum in Govindpura on Saturday morning. The child was diagnosed with a heart disorder and anaemia and admitted to the children's ward.
Once admitted, child's mother left the hospital to arrange some money, leaving her five-year-old daughter behind to take care of her son.
The child was in a serious condition and as per the doctor on duty needed some blood immediately. All the tests of the child were, however, conducted at the hospital the same day.
As per hospital sources, the pediatrician Dr Asha Dixit reportedly asked the hospital staff around 2pm to transfuse blood to the child urgently.
However, a hospital employee told the HT that the blood bank staff of the hospital refused to comply with the doctor’s instructions and said B positive blood group was not available at the time.
The blood bank staff and also the other staff concerned at the hospital reportedly in absence of the child's mother did not make efforts to arrange blood from other sources. The child died around 4.30 pm. The mother reached the hospital about 5 pm but by then the child was no more.
Consultant, voluntary blood donation, Madhya Pradesh AIDS Control Society, Monal Singh said B positive blood group was one of the most common blood groups and was easily available in blood banks. Out of the total blood stored in any blood bank around 30-40% blood was of B positive group, she added.
When contacted superintendent of JP Hospital Dr Veena Sinha said she was not aware of the matter.
She, however, said the mother of the boy left him alone in the hospital and didn't come back for the entire day. Sometimes, doctors avoided administering blood to
children in the absence of their kin to avoid chances of reaction or allergy.
She further said there could be some other reason too behind the transfusion not being carried out.
"I will talk to the staff present in the ward on that day and get all the details to see if there was any negligence," she said.