Kochi Medicos death Board yet to begin probe

13 September, 2016

KOCHI: The medical board constituted to inquire into the death of an MBBS student at the Kochi Medical College, allegedly due to medical negligence, has not commenced its proceedings, despite the victim’s relatives complaining to ministers and police officers about the slow pace of the probe.

The officials concerned said procedures to look into the ‘medical negligence angle’ in the death of Shamna Tasneem would  begin only next week as all days of the current week are holidays - Onam, Bakrid. The medical board comprises the DMO, a government pleader, police surgeon of the Alappuzha Medical College and an expert member. After checking evidence, the board will file a report on the cause of the death with focus on the negligence allegation.

Though the police had decided to refer the case to medical board a few weeks ago, the process was halted due to the delay in getting final report from the Alappuzha Medical College where the autopsy was conducted. Shamna, a second year MBBS student hailing from Mattannur in Kannur, died after an injection was administered on her at the Medical College on July 18.

Her parents allege that the death occurred due to denial of proper treatment by the hospital authorities. According to them, the hospital lacks ambulance facility and equipment required to handle emergency cases. Shamna was hospitalised for treatment of fever.

The case is being investigated by Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy.