A 2-year-old girl has died due to alleged negligence of doctors at District Headquarters Hospital in Multan.
Abdul Razzaq, son of Saeed Ahmed, who works in a flour mill, told the media that he brought his two-year-old daughter Sehrish to the hospital at 10pm with complaints of diarrhea and vomiting. He said the doctors checked and gave her medicine, and told him to return home saying, “Your daughter is fine.” But when she got home, her condition worsened.
“I brought my daughter to the hospital again at 2am. The doctor present there said my daughter is fine, and told me to go home. At 6am, my daughter’s condition got worse again. I brought her back to the hospital where the doctor was asleep and did not even check my daughter. When I took my daughter back home, her condition worsened and she died,” Abdul Razzaq said.
He said that when he protested against the hospital and the duty doctor, two security guards took up arms against him, while the doctor slapped him. Abdul Razzaq alleged that his daughter had died due to negligence and carelessness of the doctors. He demanded justice from the chief minister and that action be taken against the hospital staff. On the other hand, DHQ Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Kurban Hussain confirmed that the girl had indeed been brought to the hospital three times.
“Action will be taken against the doctor and staff if any negligence is found. He said the heirs of the girl had also vandalized the emergency ward of the hospital. On this, Abdul Razzaq denied having done so.
“The hospital staff vandalized it themselves and they are blaming me.” The health secretary and the commissioner of Multan took notice of the incident, seeking a report from the district commissioner.
Capt. (r) Shoaib Ali visited the District Headquarters Hospital and formed a three-member committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Azuba Azeem, tasked witth inquiring into the incident. Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Dr. Tanveer Iqbal said that such mistakes would not be forgiven and those who play with human lives would have no place in the health department.