Dengue death: 3-member team to probe allegations against hospital

In the wake of reports regarding death of a seven-year-old girl during treatment for dengue at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) here and the hospital authorities raising a bill of around ₹18 lakh for her treatment for over two weeks, the Haryana government on Tuesday constituted a three-member team to look into allegations by Adya’s parents.

Gurugram Civil Surgeon B.K. Rajaura said a team comprising a Deputy Civil Surgeon, a paediatrician and epidemiologist was constituted to look into the matter.

“The team visited the hospital on Tuesday to make enquiries. The report is expected in two-three days,” said Dr. Rajaura, adding that the team was constituted following the orders from the Health Department officials over telephone.

‘Insensitive’

Earlier in the day, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said no hospital in the State will be allowed to play with the health and sentiments of the people. The matter came to light after Adya’s father, in a Facebook post, accused the hospital authorities of overcharging them for several items and raising a bill of whopping ₹18 lakh, including for 2,700 gloves, for her treatment.

The family also accused the hospital of being insensitive, with the post claiming that they were even made to pay for the last clothes the girl wore. Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has sought details into the case for necessary action.

According to the post, Adya was first admitted to a hospital in Dwarka but “they took the case very lightly like normal dengue patient is treated and after two days of her admission to the hospital, they suggested that she be shifted her to FMRI”.

Adya was taken to FMRI but “after a whopping 15 days of hell-like situation…the doctors hinted with an MRI analysis that her brain was …damaged and… recovery was not possible,” said the post.

“Secretly, we were advised to let her rest in peace and take her home…we were told they would not remove the ventilator inside the hospital premises…We were not able to understand the conspiracy behind such an advise then but now …we have understood that if they…removed her from ventilator it would have been compulsory for them to report the death due to dengue on the hospital premises,” said the post. A friend of the family, through a series of tweets, claimed the hospital charged the family for 660 syringes, an average of 40 syringes a day, and sugar strips, available at ₹13 per strip, were billed at ₹200 per strip.

Detailed response

The FMRI, in a detailed response to the allegations, said all standard medical protocol was followed during the treatment and all clinical guidelines were adhered to. “An itemised bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital,” said the press statement from the hospital authorities.


Source: Health – Google News

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