Govt orders probe into death of Kashmiri dentist, NHM official in Jmu hospitals

Govt orders probe into death of Kashmiri dentist, NHM official in Jmu hospitals
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Srinagar: The state government has ordered a fact finding inquiry into the death of two Kashmiri patients in Jammu hospitals, allegedly due to medical negligence.
According to officials, the inquiry has been ordered by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo following a news report by Kashmir Reader highlighting accusations by family and colleagues.
The inquiry report including the death audit was ordered to be submitted within 48 hours.
On Thursday, family of a Kashmiri dentist Meezab Fatima alleged that she died due to negligence of doctors at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu hospital, who failed to treat her for a respiratory illness.
Meezab, a resident of Delina Baramulla, was an intern at Government Dental College, Jammu and died last Friday at a private hospital in Jalandhar.
According to her family, the doctors at GMC Jammu Hospital failed to treat her in time.
“Doctors failed to diagnose her as she complained of breathlessness. They also denied ventilator support to her when she needed it the most,” they said.
She later expired on March 1 at a private hospital in Jalandhar Punjab as the family was “forced to shift her” there in a critical condition.
Sources in the National Health Mission (NHM), J&K also linked the death of Associate Program Manager NHM, Athar Ali, of Shalimar area in Srinagar to “medical negligence”.
He was admitted to Government Gandhi Nagar Hospital on March 3. After staying there for two days he died on the evening of March 5 “because doctors were callous about his treatment”, they said.
Athar was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 4. However, he didn’t receive the requisite treatment, his colleagues alleged.
Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Sunanda Raina said she had constituted an expert team after the order by Commissioner/Secretary and sought all medical records of deceased dentist Meezab Fatima.
“I have asked them to submit report within 24 hours.”
Director Health Services Jammu, Dr Samir Mattoo also confirmed that inquiry had been ordered into the death of Athar Ali in DHSJ associated hospital.