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Saturday, November 3, 2012

MMCH Ransacked after Minor Girl’s Death for ‘Negligence in Treatment’

Malda, November 1, 2012: Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) was ransacked yet once again following the death of a minor girl allegedly due to the negligence of the doctor. A four member team has been formed by the Principal of MMCH Dr UK Bhadra to probe into the allegation of negligence in treatment.

It has been learnt that Puja Burman (11), a student of class VI and inhabitant of Mirjapur area under Old Malda Municipality (OMM) was admitted to MMCH with the history of fever. Puja’s condition reportedly deteriorated last night when along with fever she complained of acute abdominal pain.

She succumbed to her ailment this morning. Soon after the death of the girl her father Niranjan Burman alleged that Puja died absolutely as a victim of ‘medical negligence.’ “We helplessly urged the nurses and the other medical staff to cal a doctor as Puja’s condition was fast deteriorating. She was writhing with pain and had high fever. But they turned deaf ears to our plea and Puja died this morning without any treatment,” Burman alleged.

Burman said he would lodge a complaint against the doctor and MMCH authorities with the police.

As the girl was declared death, the infuriated relatives charged the nurses and other medical staff of negligence. Portion of female medical ward was ransacked and soon a pandemonium was created in MMCH campus.

Dr Bimal Sarkar under whom the girl was admitted, however, rubbished the allegation of negligence in treatment. “The girl was admitted at 1.30 pm yesterday and I asked for some investigations to ascertain the cause of her ailment. But those investigations couldn’t be done so quickly and the girl died this morning,” Dr Sarkar said.

However, MMCH Principal Dr Bhadra didn’t take the allegation lightly. “A four member enquiry team comprising the specialists one each from the forensic medicine, special medicine, pediatric medicine and pathology departments has been formed. The would look into the allegations raised by the relatives of the deceased patient,” he said.

“I have primarily come to know that no call book was done to inform the doctor. We would seriously look into the matter,” MMCH Principal added.

When asked if any complaint would be lodged for ransacking MMCH, Dr Bhadra said, “We understand the psychology of the relatives whose near one died. We considered it sympathetically and didn’t lodge any complaint with police.”

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