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Girl dies as medical staff fiddle with cellphones

A matriculation student died due to the alleged negligence of doctors at General Hospital Ghulam Muhammadabad.

The relatives of the deceased girl protested against the hospital administration and vandalized the hospital. Upon receiving the report of the incident, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot and shifted the doctors to the police station safely. Chief secretary of Punjab took notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry. Meanwhile, the young doctors closed the OPD ward and protested against the vandalism in the hospital and alleged violence against the medical superintendent.

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According to details, 17-year-old girl Aafreen, a resident of Siddiqabad, was shifted to hospital on the complaint of stomach infection. But doctors reportedly did not provide medical assistance for two hours. The girl’s condition worsened and she later died. The family of the deceased girl alleged that the doctors and nurses on duty clung to their mobile phones but did not attend to the patient. The family blamed Dr. Zain, Dr. Ali and nurses Abida for the death of the patient.

Upon receiving the report of the incident, on the direction of chief secretary of Punjab, Dr. Amin Anjum, Head of the Department of Medicine, clarified in the preliminary inquiry report that the patient was brought to the hospital at 12:45am and the doctors and medical staff on duty gave full treatment but unfortunately at 3:45am, the patient died. His family members were furious and smashed glasses and other items in the emergency ward of the hospital while snatching the mobile phones of the doctors on duty and torturing them. Further inquiries are being made.

Young doctors also protested against the torture and vandalism of the hospital by the relatives of the deceased patient. In protest, they shut down the OPD ward at General Hospital Ghulam Muhammadabad and chanted slogans to arrest the perpetrators of violence against doctors.

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Young doctors on the spot said that the doctors and nurses on duty at the hospital did their best to save the patient. They added that life and death were from Allah and questioned how doctors could be held responsible for someone’s death.

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