Three minors die in Kolkata hospital, relatives go on rampage

February 16th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Violence broke out in northeastern part of the city and protesters ransacked a city hospital after three minor patients died allegedly due to the negligence of doctors and nurses. The hospital authorities, however, denied the allegation.

Sumana Kumir, 7-year-old girl, was admitted with acute anaemia Friday to B.C. Roy Children Hospital at Narkeldanga area in north-eastern part of the city.

“Kumir suddenly started vomiting blood early Monday. But when we called the nurse for help, she refused to attend, saying it is the doctor’s duty and he is at home now. Our daugher died around 4 a.m.,” said Santan Kumir, a relative of the girl.

Two more children died in the Ward No. 7 Monday with their relatives alleging that their kids caught an infection in the hospital.

“A child in the ward was suffering from an infectious disease. Our Bablu (2-year-old) and another kid in the same ward caught the infection and died today (Monday). The hospital authorities turned deaf ear to our repeated requests to keep the infected child in a separate room,” said a relative of Bablu.

The agitated relatives and friends of the three families surrounded the hospital for about three hours, demanding immediate termination of the accused doctors and nurses. The mob even damaged some furniture of the hospital.

However, the hospital superintendent Mrinal Chatterjee rejected the allegations.

“The three children died of incurable diseases, not due to medical negligence on our part. These are fabricated tales of the patient parties to draw media attention. However, if anyone can prove that the charges are justified, we will take proper action,” Chatterjee said.

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