‘SKIMS refused to provide ambulance to carry body home’
KANGAN: Family members of a 35-year-old woman who died a day after a surgery at Trauma Hospital Kangan have alleged medical negligence in the case, and staged protest against hospital authorities and doctors.
Chief Medical Officer Ganderbal Roshan Din Kasana told Kashmir Reader that a probe has been ordered into the incident. The matter will be investigated by a five-member committee of doctors, who will have to submit the report within two days, the CMO said.
The family members of the deceased woman said that Fareed Begum, wife of Abdul Jaleel, of Hillpati Gund in Ganderbal district, was admitted at the Truama Hospital Kangan on Thursday for a sterilization surgery. She was operated upon at 3pm, however, the family alleged that after the surgery she was not examined and developed unbearable pain.
Fareeda’s sister, who was accompanying her, said that in wee hours of Friday she searched for a doctor but was unable to find any. Finally when she did find a doctor, who was sleeping in his room, she apprised him of Fareeda’s condition. The doctor, she said, told her that he will come to the ward, but did not turn up.
They family alleged that the hospital also took a long time to refer Fareeda to SKIMS Soura, despite her deteriorating condition.
“It was only when she almost died that they referred her to SKIMS where she succumbed after some time,” they said.
“The doctors’ negligence caused Fareeda’s death.”
“This is very unfortunate. We are poor and we admit our patients here with a hope but the authorities here turn blind eyes towards us,” one of the family member said.
The family also complained that the SKIMS refused to provide them an ambulance to ferry the body home, despite repeated requests. “We were stranded with the body for two hours waiting for an ambulance to take it home. Even after repeated requests for an ambulance the doctors on duty remained unmoved,” the family members said, adding that later CMO Ganderbal arranged an ambulance from Kangan hospital for them.
The family demanded stern action against the doctors and staff at the Kangan hospital.