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Health Minister JP Nadda orders inquiry into child’s death due to dengue in Delhi

The Indian Express had reported on Saturday on the child's death and the subsequent suicide of the parents

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2015 9:02:16 pm
Left behind: photographs of the Rout family Left behind: photographs of the Rout family

A day after The Indian Express reported that a seven-year-old boy died of dengue on September 8 after two top private hospitals in the city did not admit him, after which his parents committed suicide, the central and state health ministers launched enquiries into the incident.

Union health minister JP Nadda tweeted that he had ordered an enquiry and the “guilty would not 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.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said he had issued show cause notices to the two private hospitals who had refused admission to the boy and sought an explanation from the third hospital where the boy died.The parents tied their hands and jumped from the terrace of their building hours after burying their son in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai on the wee hours of September 9.

The Indian Express had reported on Saturday that Laxmichandra and Babita had buried their 7-year-old son Avinash Rout after he succumbed to dengue at a hospital in Delhi. The child died after the couple failed to get a bed for their son at two of Delhi’s top hospitals. Police said the heartbroken parents performed the last rites of their son at Chhattarpur that night.

Shortly after that, the couple jumped to death from the terrace of a four-storey building in South Delhi where they were staying on rent, police added. While Laxmichandra was an employee of a private firm that provided services to Pizza Hut outlets, Babita managed the home and Avinash was a Class 1 student at a local school.

A neighbour said that the couple went from one hospital to another until the child was finally admitted at Batra Hospital around five hours after the couple left their home.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain has issued show-cause notices to the two private hospitals which refused admission to the child.

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