Assuring the strict action against the guilty at a government hospital where a teenager Rakshanda Shaikh died on Monday due to the alleged medical negligence, Dy CM said that the case is now in a process of inquiry. Francis D’Souza, the deputy chief minister, who is also the Health Minister has promised the family of Rakshanda that a detailed inquiry will be conducted by the health secretary and the role of each staff concerned will be examined and strict actions will be taken against the staff if they are found guilty. Here is the report.
The family members of the deceased along with a social worker Firoz Khan and others met the Deputy Chief Minister on Wednesday to voice their grievances. As per the complaint made by the family and relatives, they lost the teenager due to the delay in proper treatment at the Mapusa district hospital, and later the refusal by hospital staff of Goa Medical College to treat her due to the non-availability of ventilator when her case was so much urgent.
According to the family members, the whole negligence by the hospital made them shift their daughter to another hospital where the time got wasted for her treatment.
As informed by Rakshanda’s mother to the Health Minister, “when district hospital staff asked us to shift her to the GMC, we were made to wait for half an hour as an ambulance was called from Panaji despite ambulances were parked at the hospital. And, hence, more than one hour was wasted. Similarly, when the GMC hospital staff refused to admit her, we had to go to the private hospital in Mapusa and take an ambulance and come to Bambolim and carry her back. In this, again around two hours were wasted.”
She also added that “the doctors did not inform us about the sickness my daughter was suffering from, and also a blood report was misplaced by the district hospital staff.”
It was also alleged by the family members that Rakshanda was abused by the lower-rung staff.
Firoz khan, father of Rakshanda said that the similar situation could happen with anyone. He requested the Deputy Chief Minister to look into this matter seriously so that in future no life is lost just because of the negligence on the part of the hospital staff.
After listening to the grievances, D’Souza assured everyone present that “action will be taken against the guilty even to the extent of filing criminal offense.” He also mentioned that Health Secretary is already conducting a detailed inquiry into the matter.
When the copy of the medical report was submitted to the Health Minister, after reading it he said, “She was suffering from vivax malaria which does lead to death, and she also had swell in her lungs. The two factors together could have been the cause of her death.”
D’Souza showing the concern said, “Our major problem is that the body has been already disposed of and hence there is no possibility of conducting an autopsy to know what actually went wrong.”