Teenage girl dies at DHQ hospital due to alleged negligence of doctors

CHITRAL: A teenage girl died at the DHQ hospital Chitral three days after she was admitted with the complaint of appendicitis late on Tuesday night.

The 13-year-old girl who was also Hafizi Quran from Koghuzi village died due to alleged negligence of doctors in providing her proper treatment on time.

The relatives and other people blocked the Chitral-Booni road in protest against the death of the girl who alleged that she died due to criminal negligence of doctors of District Headquarters hospital Chitral. The road was later reopened after police and local administration officials held talks with the protesters. The protesters said the girl died after battling for her life for three days in the DHQ hospital Chitral waiting to be operated upon.

When contacted, hospital’s Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Rehman Afridi said the girl was brought to the hospital late on Sunday and was admitted at DHQ hospital. Her laboratory test conducted on Monday showed that the appendix had ruptured. The MS said the doctor opened here at OT successfully but the poison had been spread in her body. And the girl died after operation in the hospital on the third day. It could not be confirmed if the appendix had ruptured at the hospital or before she was admitted, he added.

MS also revealed that he conducted an inquiry in this regard but the doctors of the hospital are not guilty.

People here demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter and said though the KP government never tired of claiming an improvement and reforms in the health sector, the death of the child was an eye-opener and showed there was still an urgent need to put things in order in hospitals. They also demanded from the President of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Islamabad for taking action in this regard for cancellation PMDC registration of those doctors who responsible for the death of a Hafizi Quran girl at DHQ Hospital

It may be noted that there is only one surgeon at the hospital while scores of posts of doctors and consultants are lying vacant for years.

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