Delay in probe Shamnas parents file complaint

06 September, 2016

KOCHI: Parents of Shamna Tasneem, the MBBS student who had died after being administered an injection at Government Medical College Ernakulam, have filed a complaint before the city police commissioner alleging that the policy inquiry was being delayed.

According to the complaint filed by K A Abootty, Shamna's father, the probe had reached nowhere 45 days after his daughter died at the hospital, which he claimed was 'medical negligence'.

Meanwhile, the police have sent a request to district medical officer (DMO) to constitute a medical board to inquire into the allegation of medical negligence. "The commissioner said that there won't be any delay in the probe," said Abootty.



According to health department officials, they would soon initiate measures to constitute the medical board. "I haven't gone through the request so far. But, we will constitute the board," said Dr M K Kuttappan, DMO, Ernakulam. "We will take steps to avail services of specialists. We plan to pick up specialists from Ernakulam general hospital," he said.
It is learnt that the parents have sent a complaint to opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala seeking his intervention in the issue. There are reports that the state government is considering a proposal to provide compensation to the family. It was on July 18 that Shamna, a second-year student of Government Medical College Ernakulam, sought treatment for fever at the casualty wing of the medical college. She collapsed after an injection was administered. Later, she was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU).


According to students and house surgeons, there was delay in providing proper care to Shamna. It took more than 20 minutes to avail a stretcher to shift her to the ICU. Around 6.30pm on the same day, she was shifted to a private hospital as her condition worsened. She was declared dead at the private hospital around 8.30pm.