Delhi: Another dengue death; Hospital turns away again

RSTV Bureau

dengueEven as a magisterial probe was ordered by the Delhi government into the death of a 7-year-old child suffering from dengue, allegedly turned away by five hospitals, another boy died of dengue in Delhi with his family claiming negligence by the hospitals, both government and private run. 6-year-old Aman Sharma from Srinivaspuri area of South Delhi died on Sunday evening, becoming a tenth victim of dengue this season in the capital.

According to Aman’s father Manoj Sharma, he was diagnosed with dengue at a private hospital in Srinivaspuri and was then taken to Safdarjung Hospital on September 9. But there the doctors refused to admit him reportedly telling Mr. Sharma that his son is not suffering from dengue.

“The doctors at Safdarjung hospital said that our boy does not have dengue and thus there is no need of getting him admitted. Also, at that point of time, our son’s condition was a bit stable so we brought him home,” Manoj Sharma told the press.

But soon, Aman’s condition worsened and he was rushed to a private hospital in Maharani Bagh – Jeewan Hospital. As his condition deteriorated further, the doctors at Jeewan Hospital expressed inability to handle his case due to the lack of requisite equipments. The family then tried getting admission in Max Saket, Moolchand and Batra, but they cited unavailability of beds following which they took the child to Safdarjung where he was admitted for only two-three hours.

Seeing the child’s condition deteriorate, the family then shifted him to Holy Family Hospital on Okhla road where he tested positive for dengue and passed away on Sunday evening.

“Our complaint is against Safdarjung hospital because of which our son was without medication for around 24 hours. Doctors there told us that our son does not have dengue though we carried the report of a private hospital where he had tested positive of dengue… If this is the condition of a government hospital, where will the people go,” said Manoj Sharma, the father of the 6 year old.

The incident has come barely a week after the death of 7-year-old Avinash Rout who was suffering from dengue and was allegedly denied admission by five hospitals, leading his parents to take an extreme step of committing suicide after losing their child.

“We have ordered magisterial enquiry to probe the whole incident. The area District Magistrate has been asked to scan the CCTV footages from the cameras installed near the five hospitals to establish the sequence of the events,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said.

Those five hospitals in question – Moolchand, Max Saket, Saket City hospital, Akash hospital and Irene hospital – too have been issued showcase notices by Delhi government.

As per the advisory issued by Delhi government’s health department on August 28, no hospital, be it private or government, should deny admission to a patient suffering from dengue. Also, with dengue cases assuming alarming proportions, Delhi government has also ordered all government hospitals to open ‘Fever Clinics’ at their premises to detect the disease at the primary level.

As per the municipal corporation’s fresh data released yesterday, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the vector borne disease till September 12.

On Tuesday, CM Arvind Kejriwal also carried out a surprise inspection of the hospitals in Delhi.

(With inputs from the PTI)