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Newborn dies as hospital denies treatment under MP govt scheme over Rs 6 cr dues

bhopal Updated: Sep 19, 2017 20:46 IST
Chhotu Shastri & Punya Priya Mitra
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Fruit seller Manoj Verma’s newborn daughter died on Monday, almost a month after she was born on August 23, with holes in her heart.(AFP FILE/REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE)

A newborn girl from Dhar, who had holes in her heart, died on Monday after a Bengaluru hospital refused treatment under a scheme run by the Madhya Pradesh government which allegedly owed it Rs 6 crore dues.

The child’s father Manoj Verma, a fruit seller, had taken her to Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bengaluru hoping to get treatment by heart specialists there under the Rashtriya Bal Swastha Karyakram (RBSK) and Mukhyamantri Bal Hriday Upchar Yojana (MBHUY).

Under RBSK, all tests are done free of cost while the same applies for operations under the Mukhyamantri Bal Hriday Upchar Yojana for all children aged 0-18 years suffering from serious heart ailments.

“However, the hospital refused to give free examination under the RBSK scheme saying that the Madhya Pradesh government owed them Rs 6.03 crore, which the government was not paying despite several reminders,” Verma said, adding that he had to pay Rs 86,000 for just the tests.

He also alleged that the hospital refused to give an estimate for the operation, as required under MBHUY.

Disappointed, he returned home to Dhamnod in Dhar district, after which his August 23-born daughter died.

Chief medical and health officer of Dhar district, Dr RC Panika, who gave the authorisation letter and wrote to the Bengaluru hospital, said he was not aware of the alleged dues.

“I have informed the district collector and higher-ups in the health department about the refusal and the reason behind it,” said Dr Panika.

State’s health ministers or officials were not available for comment immediately.

The administrator of Narayana Hospital, who goes by the first name, Vicky, said, “Yes the Madhya Pradesh government owes us money,” adding that it was a shade more than Rs 6 cr.

Hospital COO Joseph Pasangha said, “It is incorrect to say that the hospital denied treatment to the baby. We had kept her under observation. Later, the parents took her away saying that they will come back.”

According to Verma, the doctors had given a prescription, saying parents have been informed about the serious condition and the risks involved in the operation.

Last month, over 30 children died within 48 hours at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur due to alleged lack of oxygen supply over non-payment of dues to the oxygen supplier.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:07 IST