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Neglect slur

Siliguri, Sept. 3: Relatives of a boy who died purportedly because of acute encephalitis syndrome at Siliguri District Hospital last night have lodged a police complaint, alleging that negligence of doctors and nurses had led to his death.

Karan Paswan, 15, a resident of Rajendranagar Colony here, was taken to the hospital around 6.30pm yesterday with high fever.

Krishna, the brother of the deceased boy, said the doctor and staff in the emergency unit did not examine Karan and he was admitted to the male surgical ward 15 minutes later.

“The nurses in the ward kept talking on their cell phones, instead of attending to my brother who was in a serious condition. They administered saline to him after we requested them several times to start the treatment. The nurses also gave him some syrup to drink and within minutes, he started bleeding from the nose and mouth. Soon, he fell unconscious and died at 7pm,” said Krishna, a day wage labourer.

Karan’s brother alleged that when the relatives questioned the doctors and the nurses about the reason for the death, the hospital staff threatened to call the police. “Karan died because of negligence of the doctors and nurses. So, we filed a complaint with Siliguri police station last night,” he said.

Hospital authorities have denied the allegations.

“The patient was brought to the hospital in a very critical state and he died within half an hour of admission. The patient was showing symptoms of AES. The allegations that he was not treated properly and doctors and nurses misbehaved with the relatives are false,” a hospital official said.