Handwara, May 12: A four-months-old girl child died of alleged medical negligence at District Hospital Handwara triggering protests in the hospital on Thursday.
Nazir Ahmed Pir from Tarkipora Handwarra, father of deceased toddler Munza Nazir told ‘Kashmir Images’ that he brought his daughter to the hospital after she started vomiting and developed chest-related complications.
“As I rushed my daughter to the hospital, one Dr. Firdous was examining patients in the OPD. I pleaded him that my daughter was in serious condition but he pushed me aside, saying I should wait…” Pir said.
“The doctor told me it was 2.00 pm and that OPD time was over -- so I should bring the child to his private clinic,” he alleged, saying that his daughter died in her mother’s lap while waiting for the doctors to treat her.
He also alleged that following his protests against the “negligence”, Dr. Firdous and his brother who runs a medical shop (Qazi Medicate) outside the hospital and where the Dr. Firdous runs his clinic, thrashed him in the hospital despite knowing that his child had died.
Later other patients’ attendants also joined Pir and staged protest demonstration against the doctor and hospital authorities demanding stern action the ‘errant’ doctor.
Later Tehsildar Handwara and some senior police officials pacified the protestors, following which Pir approached Police Station Handwara with formal complaint against the said doctor.
When contacted Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Handwara, denied the child had died due to medical negligence.
“The doctors in the hospital tried to resuscitate the child but she was brought dead here. The patient’s attendants have actually manhandled the doctor on duty after he told them that the child was brought dead.”
When asked how brother of Dr. Firdous thrashed the victim’s family, The Medical Superintendent said “since his brother was attacked, so he had to retaliate!”.
Meanwhile, people of the Handwara have demanded an inquiry into incident.