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Medicine wait takes girl life

Behrampore, Oct. 17: An 11-year-old girl admitted to a hospital in Murshidabad with diarrhoea died last night after her family could not purportedly take the medicine prescribed by a doctor to the patient as the gate to the female ward was locked.

The parents and relatives of the girl protested in the hospital this morning and lodged a complaint with Samserganj police station alleging negligence on the part of the hospital.

The girl, Tuhina Khatoon, hailed from Farakka and had been suffering from diarrhoea. She was admitted to Tarapur central hospital in Samserganj around 8pm yesterday.

The attending physician asked the girl’s father Azad Ali and maternal uncle Moqbul Haque to buy a particular medicine from the market.

“When we returned to the hospital with the medicine, we found the gate to the female ward locked. The guard was missing. We shouted at the top of our voices to draw the attention of anyone who would hear us in the ward. But no one responded,” said Moqbul.

He said he thought that time that the hospital had made arrangement of some alternative medicine and left for home.

“But when we visited the hospital this morning, we were told that Tuhina had died because the medicine was not given. We lodged an FIR with the police blaming the on-duty hospital staff and demanded the arrest of the guilty,” Moqbul said.

The attending physician B. Bhattacharya refused to talk on the issue.

Hospital sources said they could not “guarantee availability of all medicines all the time.” A health official said the medicine prescribed was “urgent” to stop vomiting.

District superintendent of police Humayun Kabir said the police had started an investigation on the basis of the complaint.