Students demand compensation

26 July, 2016

Kochi: Reminding the state government about its responsibility, the students of Government Medical College, Ernakulam asked authorities to give compensation to the family of Shamna Tasneem, the MBBS student who died due to the lack of proper care at the hospital.
The second-year student was taken to the MCH after she got ill. She died after a doctor administered an injection. During a condolence meeting on Monday, students came up with the idea of monetary compensation to Tasneem's family as well as government job for a family member.
The students claimed that the government cannot play down the fact that the lack of infrastructure and other facilities had also contributed to the death of the student. "We have forwarded a request to the government where we have outlined our suggestions. We have asked the government to start a cardiology block and name it after Shamna," said P G Jayasoorya, president, House Surgeons' Association.
Joint director of medical education Dr Sreekumari visited the medical college as part of the inquiry into Shamna's death. "She spoke to students, staff and faculty on the issue," said Dr V K Sreekala, principal of the medical college.
Meanwhile, police are yet to receive a copy of the autopsy report from Alappuzha Medical College. "We will be able to send a request to the district medical officer to probe the possibility of medical negligence only after getting the report," said Kalamassery CI C J Martin.

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