Govt orders investigation into death of MBBS student

22 July, 2016

Kochi: In what could be termed as the first step to improve the standards at government medical college, Ernakulam, where an MBBS student died recently, reportedly, due to lack of proper facilities, the state government has ordered a high-level inquiry to find out the shortcomings. The deputy director of medical education has been asked to prepare a detailed report on the situation which led to the death of the student and the requirements. 

Health minister K K Shylaja told TOI that measures would be taken to remedy the inadequacies including filling up the vacancy of a cardiologist. "The government would do all things possible to improve the standards of the medical college. We prefer improving the facilities at existing medical colleges than starting new ones," Shylaja said. 

"Appointment of a fulltime cardiologist would be one of the top priorities. A team led by deputy DME Dr Sreekumari will give a comprehensive report," she said.

According to students of the medical college and the relatives of Shamna, the MBBS student, who died of cardiac arrest, her life could have been saved had there been proper facilities. "It took almost half an hour to move Shamna to ICU after she collapsed. There was no wheeled stretcher to transport her. We are of the view that her life could have been saved if there had been no delay," said Dr P G Jayasoorya, president, House Surgeons Association.