Dengue death: Govt to Moolchand, Max, 3 others: Why did you slam door?

Notices ask hospitals why registration should not be cancelled; preliminary report details family search for hospital

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2015 3:42 pm
Dengue, delhi dengue, Max Saket, Dengue death, Avinash Rout, Parents suicide, Avinash Rout death, Kid death dengue, Delhi news, Nation news, india news Left behind: photographs of the Rout family

A day after The Indian Express reported that a couple had killed themselves within hours of the death of their  seven-year-old son who had been denied dengue treatment by Delhi hospitals, the Centre and Delhi government ordered probes into the incident and issued show-cause notices to five hospitals.

Moolchand, Max Saket, Akash Hospital, Saket City Hospital and Irene Hospital were asked to explain why they
refused to admit Avinash Rout — he died at the Batra Hospital on September 8 — and why their registration should not be cancelled.

The Delhi government show-cause notice mentioned an August 28 order “to ensure dengue patients requiring admission are not denied the same due to lack of beds” — yet Avinash was refused admission. The notice, signed by Dr Sunil Bhatnagar, Director, Health Services, sought to know “why an order of cancellation of registration of your nursing home/hospital should not be issued for refusing emergency medical care to the deceased child”.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda ordered an inquiry and said the “guilty won’t be spared”.

“Ordered inquiry into incident reported in media involving death of child in Delhi due to Dengue & suicide by
parents. Guilty won’t be spared,” Nadda tweeted.

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Reacting to the tragic incident, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said the government had issued notices but it was unlikely that their registrations would be cancelled outright.

The boy’s grandfather, who has since left for Orissa to immerse the ashes of his daughter and son-in-law, said the family had taken Avinash to six hospitals between 2 pm and 11.15 pm September 7.

Preliminary reports of the Delhi government inquiry, accessed by The Sunday Express, said Avinash, who was admitted in the paediatric ICU of Batra Hospital, died of “dengue shock syndrome with septic shock” or infection in the body, “disseminated intravascular coagulation” (formation of multiple blood clots in the body) and “multi organ failure”.

The report said Avinash had only 15 per cent ejection fraction, or pumping capacity of the heart, when he was admitted at 11.15 pm on September 7. The report notes he had lethargy and respiratory difficulty for 10 hours before admission — nine were spent looking for a hospital bed.

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    Sanjiv
    Sep 13, 2015 at 12:12 am
    We will follow this news after 30 days and will be glad to be informed about the steps taken by Delhi Government.
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      Amit Mukhopadhyay
      Sep 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm
      There is no reason to issue show cause notice. It's a case of culpable homicide. FIR should be registered against the accused hospital directors on two charges: (1) Culpable homicide not amounting to murder -- u/s 304 IPC, and (2) Abetment of suicide -- u/s 306 IPC. The first one carries a sentence of two years and second one ten years maximum imprisonment. Rather than lodging FIR, the AAP govt is issuing show cause notice and giving the accused one month's time for damage control.
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        Anurag Srivastava
        Sep 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm
        Agreed that the hospitals have committed wrong and they should be punished. Why Government is not doing something in their hospitals, wherein the patients has the confidence that he will get the necessary treatment. Why did''nt it allowed the hospitals to establish tents for admitting patients for Dengue treatment. Why it does not increase the medical seats which keeps pace with the potion increase in the country. In the so called private hospitals we have Doctors qualified from Russia and China in the emergency area.
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          JK
          Sep 13, 2015 at 4:06 am
          WHY 1 MONTH? 1 DAY IS ENOUGH TO EXPLAIN. CLEARLY 1 MONTH IS GIVEN SO THE CULPRITS CAN INVENT REASONS.
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            BharatK
            Sep 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm
            This is sad. Parents should not have taken extreme step of suicides. You could have another child or more. Your child died of illness, but you killed yourself. Other parents should take lessions from this and not take extreme step like this. Respect your life, as long as you live.
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              Bharat
              Sep 13, 2015 at 9:09 am
              There should be list displa outside every hospital about daily position of wards, beds, doctors, rates of doctor fee, everything displa. Government must stop commercialisation of health services as top priority.
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                HILARY
                Sep 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm
                30 days are not necessary to reply to the notice. The Delhi government has bungled.
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                  BABAREBABA
                  Sep 13, 2015 at 10:07 am
                  All insutes in our motherland have been corrupted due to 60 miserable and corrupt rule. To expect BJP to do miracle will be unfair. Lets hope they get majority in future in RajyaSabha, as some members in BJP are very very fiercely patriotic. They have been taught to love the motherland and it gets priority over everything else
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                    Pavan Tiwari.
                    Sep 13, 2015 at 8:20 am
                    Period of one month is too long for a reply to show cause. It will certainly help these hospitals in cooking up stories. Government does not seem to be serious. It knows that public memory is short and in one month everything would be forgotten. It is equally curious that visual media while reporting the story did not even name these hospitals. It is only through print media that that we could learn about these hospitals.
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                      annu
                      Sep 13, 2015 at 10:06 am
                      Is there any one profession in india ,in which people carry out their jobs professonally,true to the spirit of their profession.Doctors,politicians,bureaucrats,cops,teachers,engineers,journalist or any other..Very few i guess.There are countries,where people take their profession very seriously.They earn their self respect from their professional integrity.Those countries are mostly developed india finding such person in any profession will be an exception,and not a norm.The worst thing is that people do not even seem to understand the importance of being uncompromising about their professional integrity.
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                        Rajan Rajan
                        Sep 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm
                        agreed , that the number of medical seats need to be increased but the money is being spent in the wrong place currently , rather than focussing on family medicine and primary care , we have been concentrating on specialists , for Ex - a child of 4 years having tonsillitis will have to be seen by a specialist ENT , who does operate after1 episode , if he does not do it the parents go to the next ENT - a 25 year old will like to see a cardiologist because he pulled a chest muscle at the gym - in the medical colleges , we have a medicine and surgical unit - but not triage of the cases being admitted , we see people who can attend daily - as they are ambulant and can attend from home being admitted , no sne follows the guideline and i am given to understand that epipen which iS to save lives is not available . the medical education needs a revamp unfortunately
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                          Rajan Rajan
                          Sep 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm
                          yes , agreed , there are no attempts by anyone in India to form a guideline for treatment - antibiotics are used without any real need for 2 days or so , I met a guy in my neighbourhood who had psoriasis which was stable _ meaning not expanding , the dermatologist in his zeal to treat put him on an immune suppression costing 1200 rs for 20 days , hardly giving any benefit if used for such short periods and not recommended for stable ones . I was visiting india and the neighbour keen to meet me brought this to my notice and asked my opinion , I just told him to walk in the beach for 30 mts with the skin lesions exposed to sun , he was ok in 10 days , thats the state of affairs in India
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                            APUPADHYAY
                            Sep 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm
                            Even private hospitals are overcrowded!! They must hire rooms to accodomate patientsjnder care like in Sir Gangaram Hospital.
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                              APUPADHYAY
                              Sep 13, 2015 at 7:11 pm
                              Shame that Modi Government must recall Indian doctors back home back from USA & Uk where they run the British NHS.
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                                Sunny Kakar
                                Sep 13, 2015 at 8:48 am
                                This should of heartlessness should not go unnoticed ! Very strict action should be taken by authority's to send the message home ! Remember a w happy family has been wiped out because of this ! Terrible !
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                                  svs
                                  Sep 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm
                                  The state government has acted swiftly & correctly. Only if exemplary punishment is given will they come out of this apathy. The private hospitals get land at a pittance and promise free beds for desutes. They do nothing of the kind and get away by giving VVIP facilities to politicians and top bureaucrats. Just wait and see. They have been given a month to respond. Time enough for another emergency to wipe the current incident from people's mind. And the same thing will repeat. Wonder if Kejriwall makes a difference. Let us see.
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