Death of medical student SHRC registers case

06 October, 2016

KOCHI: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed seven officials including the state chief secretary and director general of police to submit detailed reports on the death of Shamna Thasneem, a medical student. The 22-year-old MBBS student had suffered a cardiac arrest after being administered an injection at the Government Medical College.While considering a petition filed by the parents of Shamna, the SHRC found prima facie evidence on charges of medical negligence and registered a case in this regard.
As per the directive issued by P Mohandas, acting chairperson of the SHRC, chief secretary, DGP, health secretary, director of medical education, principal of Government Medical College, Ernakulam, district medical officer and Kochi city police commissioner should submit detailed reports on the incident within three weeks. The commission will hear the petition again next month.

Shamna, daughter of K A Abootty of Sivapuram near Mattannoor in Kannur, had died after an injection was administered on her at the Medical College on July 18. She was a second year MBBS student of the same medical college.


Shamna's parents alleged that she died due to medical negligence. In the petition, it is alleged that there was delay in providing proper treatment to her. Shamna had collapsed within seconds after the injection was administered. Doctors and equipment for rescuing her life were not available for almost half an hour. The parents had lodged a complaint with Kalamassery police alleging medical negligence.


Even after two-and-a-half months, the police inquiry has reached nowhere. It took almost two months for even constituting medical board for looking into the allegations of medical negligence.Last week, district medical officer (DMO) N K Kuttappan informed that the report of the medical board would be handed over to city police commissioner.


Earlier, Dr K Sreekumari, joint director of medical education, had conducted a probe into the incident. Though Sreekumari submitted a detailed report to the state government, it has not been released so far.


Students and house surgeons of the medical college had alleged that the authorities failed to provide proper treatment to Shamna. Shamna's parents had met chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and health minister K K Shylaja seeking their intervention to ensure proper inquiry into the incident and action against the culprits. But nothing happened even after months. This was the reason why the parents moved the SHRC seeking justice.