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Jharkhand hospital allegedly refuses scan as father was short of Rs 50, toddler dies

The boy, Shyam, was brought to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for treatment on Sunday after he suffered head injuries in a fall . Hospital denies allegation.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2017 18:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Ranchi, Hindustan Times
The Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi.
The Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi.(HT file photo)
         

A one-year-old boy died at a hospital here on Monday as his father was short of funds, according to Jharkhand police.

The boy, Shyam, was brought to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for treatment on Sunday after he suffered head injuries in a fall.

According to the boy’s father Santosh Kumar, the doctors had asked for a CT scan. The cost of a CT scan is Rs 1,350 and Santosh had only Rs 1,300. He requested the lab staff to conduct the scan despite the shortage of funds, the police said.

But the lab staff allegedly refused to do the scan and Shyam subsequently died.

When contacted, RIMS director BL Sherwal said that the one-year-old fell from the terrace of his house on August 12, but his parents brought him to the hospital on August 20.

“They (parents of the child) had consulted a local doctor before coming to RIMS. He was admitted at 7.30pm and died within an hour due to internal head injuries. We do CT Scan free of cost in emergency cases, they might have gone to a private diagnostic centre,” Sherwal said.

In another similar incident on Sunday, a mother and her unborn child died in Gumla district.

Janki Devi was admitted in the Gumla Sadar hospital for delivery.

However, the hospital did not perform the operation and referred her to RIMS.

According to Janki Devi’s husband Munna, the hospital management took three hours to complete the paper work. She died while waiting for its completion.

The opposition parties have expressed concern over the state’s poor healthcare scenario.

In some cases, families were not even provided an ambulance to carry a dead body home.

(With IANS inputs)

First Published: Aug 21, 2017 18:23 IST

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