Probe indicts hospital staff

Infant Death In Handwara Hospital


Kupwara, Jan17: Inquiry ordered by Director Health Service Kashmir after the infant’s death at district hospital Handwara on the night of January 12 has indicted the paramedical staff and doctors on duty. 
 Probe report states that sheer negligence on the part of paramedical staff and doctors and some administrative lapses were responsible for the death of the infant.
 A three-member inquiry committee headed by Deputy Chief Medical officer (CMO), Kupwara, Dr Muneer Ahmad Khan has indicted the doctors and medical staff on duty responsible for the death of an infant and found out that there were administrative lapses on the part of hospital administration.
 The report mentions that after recording the statements of the parents of the infant, attendants and eyewitnesses present in the hospital and cross checking the hospital records the infant was brought to hospital on 2 am and the staff didn’t admit him. Doctor on duty and paramedical staff didn’t immediately inform the pediatrician and instead send the patient and his parents to trace the pediatrician who was in his night room that time.
 Pediatrician’s night room was far –away from the causality ward and it took at least 20 minutes for parents of the infant to trace the pediatrician.
 -Neither Medical Superintendent nor Deputy Medical Superintendent were present on duty, though it was a weekend still one of them should have been in the hospital.
 Probe report mentions that “No proper dress code is implemented in the hospital, doctors and paramedical staff should be in their proper uniform with their name plates and designation badges so that attendants and patients can easily identify them.”
 There was delay in treatment of the ailing baby due to the negligence of the staff on duty which led to his death.
 The committee has submitted its report to Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman for further necessary action” said a member of the enquiry panel.
  “It is recommended that equal punishment to the staff on duty should be given according to the merits,” he added.
 He said the medical staff should have admitted the baby first. “The staff should have admitted the baby first and then informed the doctors immediately. It was learnt that a lot of time was wasted in search of doctors,” the member added.
 Report, also suggests that important contact numbers of doctors, superintendent, and deputy superintendent should always be displayed in hospital wards for information of patients.
 “On the fateful night, the bereaved father knocked many doors in search of a doctor which caused much delay in the treatment.  Much time was wasted in reaching out to doctors due to negligence of medical staff despite many doctors remaining present in the hospital,” the report states. 
 It also recommended that doctors should be provided rooms which are easily accessible to staff, patients and attendants.
 Probe reveals: “If the baby had received the treatment in time, his life could have been saved.,”
 Parents of the baby had alleged that infant died of negligence of doctors. They had also demanded a stern action against the hospital management.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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