IMA lists steps to avoid Gorakhpur-like situation
More than 30 children died in 48 hours in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College earlier this month, allegedly due to oxygen supply disruption. The deaths happened in the encephalitis and neonatal wards.Updated: Aug 18, 2017 03:19 IST
All hospitals should have a back up of one-week supply of drugs, investigations and oxygen, suggested Indian Medical Association (IMA) to government, to avoid deaths like in case of Gorakhpur.
More than 30 children died in 48 hours in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College earlier this month, allegedly due to oxygen supply disruption. The deaths happened in the encephalitis and neonatal wards.
On Thursday IMA came out with a detailed list of steps that can be taken by the government that would minimize deaths, and also lead to better treatment outcome, especially in government hospitals.
“All patients denied treatment at government hospitals should be reimbursed for the cost of treatment in the private sector at pre-defined rates. Like it is mandatory for all private hospitals to get NABH accreditation, the same should be made mandatory for all government set-ups,” the list read.
Also, essential drugs and investigations, not non-essential drugs and tests, should constitute the bulk of the expenditure of the allocated budget to reduce the cost of treatment. All payments for health care services should be made either in advance or in time.
“Three of our members were in Gorakhpur and helped us draft the protocol which we think should help control casualties in such a situation. We should not wait for the tragedy to happen, rather should stay prepared for any eventuality,” said Dr KK Aggarwal, national president, IMA.
More than 80 children have already died in the hospital since August 7, prompting the state government to order a probe. Centre also rushed its team of technical experts to assess the situation on ground.
The team was led by minister of state for health Anupriya Patel and Union secretary for health CK Mishra.
The high number of deaths has perplexed the team, which is working on a blueprint to bring down the high death rate in the region.
First Published: Aug 18, 2017 00:26 IST