Swine flu death: Government seeks SKIMS report on ‘negligence’ in one week


Srinagar: The State Government on Thursday sought a report from Director Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on alleged negligence by its doctors regarding death of a college warden due to swine flu. The report has been asked to be finalized within a week’s time. 

Pertinently, five deaths have taken place due to the swine flu at SKIMS Soura here this year and a college warden became the latest victim of the H1N1 virus. 

“I have sought a report in time bound manner within a week from Director SKIMS regarding the news report about the death of the college warden due to negligence of doctors,” Minister of State for Health & Medical Education Asiea Naqash told a local news gathering agency.

She said strict action would be taken in case casualness on part of doctors and other staff was proved.

The warden of Government Women Polytechnic College Bemina Srinagar was fifth victim who fell to the swine flu virus.

According to her family, she was suffering from acute cold and cough and was subsequently taken to SKIMS Medical College JVC where doctors asked her to undergo some tests but sent her home.

Next day, said her family, she underwent some tests and the JVC Hospital authorities referred her to Soura where she died. The family and college authorities have accused SKIMS doctors of negligence and blamed them for her death.

In a Facebook post, the Polytechnic College principal Shafkat Ara wrote: “Destiny or Negligence. All is not good with our health care. SKIMS, being the premier name in the state’s medical world, has a lot to defend when it comes to the recent case of a demise of our College’s Warden.

“The College Warden was suffering from acute cold and cough and went to SKIMS in JVC. The patient was prescribed to undergo several tests, which she did go through. At the end of the day, the patient was referred to SKIMS by JVC with suspected swine flu where she was asked to go home and come the next day for some tests. The next day, the Warden went to Soura where she couldn’t recover and died the same day.”


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