Three die due to ‘negligence’; probe ordered

Baramulla: Three people, including two women, died at district hospital here due to alleged negligence of doctors, triggering protests by attendants and locals and prompting authorities to order a probe.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that on Thursday three people– SumanderFaqeer, 70, of Boniyar,Bakhti Begum, 65, Hajra Begum, 70, both residents of Rafiabad– died after they were allegedly administered sub-standard and expired drugs by the doctors and the paramedics at the hospital. “As soon as the dextrose was administered into the patients, they started shivering and within no time three people died,” an attendant said.
On Friday morning, scores of patients and attendants held protests and shouted slogans outside the hospital premises. They were joined by the locals who demanded an inquiry into the incident.
Later on police and the district administration officials rushed to the spot to pacify the protesters.
When contacted, additional deputy Commissioner Baramulla,Riyaz Ahmad Wani said that he has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
He said that the suspicious material has been seized and a committee headed by the Tehsildar have been directed to submit a report as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the medical superintendent of the district hospital, Dr Bashir Ahmad denied that the patients were given sub-standard medicines at the hospital. “ The patients were sick and two among them died due to acute diseases while as the third patient HajraBegam was brought dead to the hospital.”