Ruby Hall Hospital, which has been served a show-cause notice by the Maharashtra government following the death of Swine flu patient Reeda Shaikh, on Tuesday said it was not guilty of any medical negligence.
The hospital where a blood sample of the patient was sent for H1N1 testing during her treatment at Jehangir, had given negative result on July 29. Subsequent test at National Institute of Virology (NIV), however, came positive for H1N1 infection that claimed the girl’s life.
Dr Pervez Grant, Medical Director of Ruby said, “the particular sample that was sent to Ruby had tested negative in the rapid test that can be conducted in an hour”.
“There was no evidence of positivity in that particular sample at that point of time. In the early phase of the disease the result can come negative,” he said.
He said the negative test result given by Ruby had a note that recommended further confirmatory tests at NIV.