PATNA: A six-year-old girl suffering from severe heart problems died after the family members were compelled to make rounds of a major government hospital with oxygen cylinder in hand—the second such incident in the past one fortnight.
The incident took place yesterday at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) located in Patna which is the capital of Bihar state.
As per reports, Puja Kumari, daughter of Jitendra Das from Arwal district in central Bihar, was admitted to the paediatric ward of the PMCH on Wednesday. During her medical check-up, the doctors diagnosed her with water in the lung.
On Thursday morning, the seriously-ailing girl was referred to the nearby Indira Gandhi Institute of cardiology (IGIC) for proper check up.
Subsequently, the patient was fitted with oxygen mask but as the stretcher was denied, the family walked on foot carrying the child in lap and oxygen cylinder in hands but she died midway.
According to victim family members, they were locked in a room soon after the girl died and forced to sign on a register in lieu of handing over her body.
“I was forced to sign on register for handing the body of my child,” alleged girl’s mother Lilawati Devi.
The hospital administration has ordered an investigation into the matter but said the victim died due to her serious condition.
“We have been told the condition of girl was serious when she was admitted to the hospital and was having severe respiratory problem,” PMCH principal Dr Vijay Kumar Gupta told the media on Friday.
Last fortnight, a seriously-ailing two-month-old baby fitted with oxygen cylinder was allegedly denied stretcher as a result of which the family members had to carry him in arms. The baby collapsed eventually. The incident took place at the same hospital.
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