Medicos death No breakthrough yet in probe

19 September, 2016

KOCHI: The ongoing investigation into the death of an MBBS student at the Government Medical College here two months ago, allegedly due to medical negligence, has been delayed further due to the apathetic attitude of the medical board.  Though the police had referred the case to the medical board earlier this month, the expert committee has not met so far to chalk out plans to take forward the inquiry. 

Shamna Tasneem, 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.   An expert panel comprising a forensic expert from the Alappuzha Medical College and a government pleader was constituted by DMO M K Kuttappan, who is convener of the panel.   According to sources, the meeting of the committee has been delayed due to unavailability of the forensic expert on the scheduled dates. “The forensic department at the Alappuzha Medical College is facing acute staff shortage,” said the sources.   The medical board is expected to file a report on the cause of the student’s death, with focus on the negligence allegation, after checking the evidence. Later, the report will be submitted  before Thrikkakara Assistant Commissioner M Binoy, who is heading the investigation. Shamna’s parents alleged that their daughter died due to denial of proper treatment by the hospital authorities. According to them, the hospital lacks ambulance facility and the equipment required to handle emergency cases. Shamna was hospitalised for treatment of fever.


Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister K K Shyalaja promised that steps would be taken for grant of compensation to the victim’s family.

Meanwhile, DMO M K Kuttappan told ‘Express’ that the first meeting of the expert committee would be held on September 27. “The date was fixed after confirming availability of the forensic expert. The future course of action will be decided at the meeting,” he said.