Shamna death Two doctors of Govt MCH suspended

07 October, 2016

KOCHI: The state government has suspended two doctors with the Government Medical College, Ernakulam, pending inquiry, over the incident in which Shamna Thasneem, a second year medical student of the institution, died, allegedly, due to medical negligence. The government also decided to continue with the probe in the case.

Officials with the directorate of medical education confirmed the report of suspension of two doctors. "Dr Jills George, head of medicine department and junior resident Dr Binu have been suspended pending detailed inquiry," said Dr Raheela Beevi, director of medical education.

"The inquiry would continue. The government will decide on who should carry out the inquiry," she said.


On Wednesday, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had given instructions to seven officials including chief secretary and director general of police to submit detailed reports on the circumstances which led to Shamna losing her life. While considering a petition filed by the parents of Shamna, the SHRC had found prima facie evidence on the charges of medical negligence and registered a case.


As per the directions by acting chairperson of the SHRC P Mohandas, 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 in to the incident within three weeks.


The petition by Shamna's father K A Abootty of Sivapuram near Mattannur in Kannuralleged that it was medical negligence that led to the death of the MBBS student. It was on July 18 that Shamna, met with the tragic fate. She had sought treatment for fever and the doctors had administered ceftriaxone, an antibiotic injection, on her. Soon after giving the injection, she collapsed. But there were no doctors and equipment to provide emergency medical care to her at the time.