Kashmiri medical student dies in Jammu, family allege medical negligence

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SRINAGAR: Family of a Kashmiri dentist Thursday alleged that she died due to medical negligence of doctors at Government Medical CollegeJammu who failed to treat her for respiratory illness.
The deceased Meezab Fatima, 25, resident of Delina Baramulla, was an intern at Government Dental College, Jammu. Family sources said she complained of breathlessness and fever last Wednesday.
She was taken to Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu for treatment, where her condition deteriorated.
Meezab later expired on March 1 at a private hospital in Jalandhar Punjab allegedly due to “medical negligence at a GMC Jammu”.
“Doctors at the hospital turned us away for want of a ventilator. They also couldn’t diagnose her disease despite being admitted there for many days,” her maternal uncle told Kashmir Reader.
He said the doctors at the government hospital told them to go to Amandeep Hospital, Panthakot, a private trauma hospital, instead of treating her.
“Her condition was going from bad to worse and doctors at Amandeep Hospital also expressed helplessness to manage her critical condition. Then we shifted her to Shriman Hospital, Jalandhar on March 1 where she died immediately,” the relative said.
An official at the GMC Jammu told Kashmir Reader that she was a suspected case of H1N1 flu. However, the hospital didn’t test her for final diagnosis.
“Doctors failed to take care of her even as she was a suspected case of H1N1. No tests were done on her for H1N1 and she was not admitted to the isolation ward which left her in respiratory shock. After her critical doctors sent her to private hospital in Pathankot rather than putting her on ventilator,” he said, wishing anonymity.
The family also alleged that her lungs were not responding due to shock she received due to delay in treatment.
“She was not terminally ill but was complaining of breathlessness. But negligence on part of the hospital left her in respiratory shock and her untimely death,” her uncle said.
Meanwhile, sources also linked the death of an NHM official, 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 her treatment,” said an NHM employee.
He said that Athar, who was working as Associate Programme Manager in NHM J&K, was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 4. However, he didn’t receive the requisite treatment, he said.
“It’s shocking for us because he was doing well just a few days ago. He attended office on March 2 also because his condition was not critical,” one of his colleagues said.
No official from GMC Jammu and Gandhi Nagar hospital attended the repeated calls from Kashmir Reader office.

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