The death of a 23-day old child due to alleged medical negligence has prompted North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) authorities to form an inquiry committee.
A resident of Patharghata under the Matigara police station, Rinku Singha (Roy), had admitted her daughter Shreya Roy in the NBMCH with high fever on Tuesday afternoon.
She was admitted at the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU), while Mrs Roy alleged that blood samples were taken from her body for tests immediately after the admission and reports collected accordingly.
“No doctor attended to my daughter after that and she died at around 7 am today(Thursday),” she said. Mrs Roy, her husband Ratan Roy, and some family members staged a sit-in in front of the chamber of the NBMCH medical superintendent and vice-principal Dr Maitrayee Kar, protesting against the incident on Thursday. They also lodged a written complaint to her.
“We are terribly shocked and sad that the doctors and the nursing staff did not attend to my child for more than 10 hours. After the blood extraction, no doctor came to see her, resulting in her death. We want the doctors given exemplary punishment,” Mrs Roy said.
“According to preliminary reports, the condition of the child was serious and she suffering from pneumonia. We have set up an inquiry committee of five members to look into the cause of the death, including whether there was any lapse in treatment. Necessary steps would be taken according to the reports,” Dr Kar said.