Family alleges negligence, probe ordered
Srinagar: The Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura has ordered a probe into alleged negligence by doctors in treating a Handwara youth.
The inquiry committee was constituted by Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javed Shah after a disturbing video was circulated on social media in which a 25-year-old youth was seen with open wounds on his stomach while his family accused doctors at SKIMS of ignoring their patient following a critical surgery done on him.
According to officials, the inquiry committee headed by Medical Superintendent SKIMS has been asked to submit its report within 24 hours.
The Handwara-based family on Thursday alleged that their patient with open wounds on his abdomen was turned away by doctors at SKIMS’ Emergency Department even though his post-operative wounds had not healed.
“Doctors are so negligent that they didn’t check his wound, which was not stitched. The matter must be investigated and doctors should be booked,” they said.
However, as per SKIMS Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Jan, the youth was again operated on on Thursday with doctors saying it was a case of Stage-4 Adenocarcinoma (a type of cancer).
According to him, the patient is suffering also from huge growth of rectum with multiple metastases in liver and peritoneal carcinomatosis (a type of cancer).
“The patient had developed intestinal obstruction and colostomy was done in emergency. The patient later developed wound infection. He was advised to stay in a sarai (guesthouse) nearby and come for daily dressings in (ward) 113. He developed a burst abdomen and was advised surgery (closure of abdomen wound) in emergency. However, he had deranged Coagulogram and deranged Kidney functions, so patient had to be optimised for surgery,” Dr Farooq Jan said.
He said the patient couldn’t be operated on in the emergency operation theatre because there were many more critical patients during the evening and night hours who had to be dealt with on priority.
“Subsequently, he got his turn on Thursday morning and was operated on. He is doing fine now,” Dr Jan said.
The youth was admitted at SKIMS Soura weeks ago and his surgery for kidney ailment was done on March 5. His relative said that the patient remained in the post-operative ward but his serious wounds did not improve.
A video of the patient, in which the open wounds on his belly can be seen, went viral on social media, triggering outrage.