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MP woman blames doctors for death of 10-month-old child in govt hospital

A woman in Satna district alleged that her 10-month-old ailing child died at the government district hospital as the doctor on duty refused to attend on her till she got a registration slip. The woman said she kept on waiting for her turn while standing in a long queue to get the slip for about two hours when her child died.

bhopal Updated: Aug 21, 2018 02:25 IST
Shruti Tomar and Amit Sengar
Shruti Tomar and Amit Sengar
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Satna
doctors negligence,child death,MP hospital
A resident of Khama village in Satna district, Reena Shukla, 28, alleged that negligence of doctors and hospital administration was responsible for the death of her daughter Mahima.(HT Picture for representation)

A woman in Satna district, about 496 kilometres northeast of Bhopal, alleged on Monday that her 10-month-old ailing child died at the government district hospital as the doctor on duty refused to attend on her till she got a registration slip.

The woman told media persons that she kept on waiting for her turn while standing in a long queue to get the slip for about two hours when her child died.

A resident of Khama village in Satna district, Reena Shukla, 28, alleged that negligence of doctors and hospital administration was responsible for the death of her daughter Mahima.

The woman said, “My daughter had been ailing for the past five days. My village is about 15 kilometers from the hospital and my husband was not present at the home. On Monday morning, condition of my daughter who was unwell deteriorated. I reached the district hospital at 10.30 AM after hiring an auto-rickshaw. I requested at least two doctors to see my daughter but they asked to come after having registration slip only. It was a long queue. I repeatedly asked the hospital staff to give me slip immediately but they said I would get the slip only on my turn at the counter.”

She said, “At around 12.30 PM, my daughter fainted. Seeing her condition I also lost my consciousness. When I opened my eyes after 10 minutes, my daughter was in the emergency room. After a few minutes, a doctor declared her dead,” she added.

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However, the grief stricken mother didn’t lodge any FIR till the evening.

According to eye witnesses, when the woman fainted with the girl, people created ruckus and then doctors rushed her to the emergency room.

A hospital staff said on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak, “On Monday morning, the internet server was not functioning well, hence there was delay in issuance of slips.”

Civil surgeon Raghuveer Singh at the government district hospital, Satna, said, “We are inquiring into the matter and we will take action if anyone if found guilty.”

A social activist Rajeev Khare said, “The hospital administration doesn’t have a plan how to tackle rush of patients particularly on Mondays when there are a good number of patients from the entire district. We have been raising our voice against irregularities in the hospital for a long time.”

This is not the first incident in Madhya Pradesh when a patient died due to denial of treatment.

As per reports reaching here, on July 15 this year, a 30-year-old pregnant woman died on the entrance of Tikamgarh district hospital after she was allegedly denied treatment for three hours as

the hospital staff told her husband that the woman couldn’t be admitted to the hospital without a prescription slip. The hospital administration allegedly didn’t release the slip due to the doctors being on a strike.

On March 1 this year, a four-year-old girl in Ratlam district died after she was referred to the district hospital from a community health centre in a serious condition and the girl was not provided ambulance.

The girl’s parents had to tale her daughter on a bike to 30 km away to the district hospital with an intravenous needle in her arm and a saline bottle. When the girl reached the hospital, she was declared dead.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 02:25 IST