Medical negligence claims student's life in Vijaywada

25 October, 2016

VIJAYAWADA: An intermediate second-year student G Santosh Kumar, studying in SRR government college and staying in BC welfare hostel in Gunadala, died at new government general hospital (GGH) on Monday morning of severe respiratory problem.

His mother and relatives allege that he died due to the negligence of his doctors. Students of SRR and CVR college and members of the Student Federation of India (SFI) staged a protest in front of the hospital demanding action against hospital officials.

Sub-collector G Srujana reached the spot and went through all medical reports pertaining to the case. Later, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas Rao ordered a probe under Directorate of Medical Education (DME) and said that necessary action would be initiated once the report is submitted.

Santosh Kumar’s father expired 16 years ago and his mother is a daily wage labourer. He was a native of West Godavari. He approached the government general hospital following severe stomach pain last Friday.

After medical tests, his problem was identified as appendicitis and doctors were supposed to perform surgery on Monday. Meanwhile, his lungs were affected badly and due to rise in respiratory problem, he succumbed to pains on Monday.

According to city members of SFI, hospital officials were very reluctant in attending to the patient. Relatives of the deceased asked the doctors to discharge him if they do not have required equipment to treatment him. But, they said that he was fine and would get back to normal after surgery.