Probe into Medical Negligence

08 April, 2016

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged medical negligence, which led to partial paralysis of a child victim of dog bite. The Commission ordered that the role of the Child Welfare Authority, which first promised free treatment for the child and later backtracked, should be thoroughly probed.

The District Medical Office, Thiruvannathapuram; Chairman of Child Welfare Authority; National Health Mission District Programme Officer; Mission Director of Arogya Keralam project, District Collector and the Secretary of Child Welfare Council have been asked to give explanation on the issue. The Commission’s order directed the constitution of a medical board to examine the child. The report of the medical board should be submitted to the District Medical Officer, the Commission said.

The order came in the wake of a petition by S Shena of Kamukarakonam in the capital. Sheena’s son Darush was three years old when a neigbour’s pet dog bit on his face. The child was rushed to Government General Hospital where the doctor administered two injections on the face. The child soon contracted fever. The child was referred to SAT Hospital where doctors detected infection in the his brain.

The child was later shifted to Christian Medical College, Vellore. However, the Child Welfare Authority took no steps to arrange free treatment, the petitioner alleged. The respondents have been asked to submit explanation before June 7. The case will be taken up on June 27.