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40-min delay in treatment of Worli burn victims: preliminary inquiry report

On November 30, four people were injured after a cylinder blast in BDD Chawl in Worli. The next day, four-month-old Mangesh Puri died in Nair Hospital.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: January 1, 2022 12:16:48 am
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The preliminary inquiry report into alleged negligence in treatment of the burn victims from Worli has revealed that there was a delay of about 40 minutes in the treatment by the doctor and nurse from Nair Hospital.

The independent probe panel formed under Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Assistant Director of Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER), has found that the doctor and nurse from Nair Hospital waited for specialists to come and were preparing medico-legal papers of the victims rather than giving victims first aid and basic treatment.

The report was submitted before the Standing Committee on Wednesday.

On November 30, four people were injured after a cylinder blast in BDD Chawl in Worli. The next day, four-month-old Mangesh Puri died in Nair Hospital. A video of alleged delay and negligence in the treatment had gone viral on social media, leading to public outrage.

Following this, BJP leader Prabhakar Shinde had alleged negligence and delay in treatment and demanded a probe by an independent panel.
The BMC had suspended a doctor and a nurse for negligence.

Later, two more family members–Vidya Puri and Anand Puri–also died due to burn injuries. Now, only five-year-old Vishnu Puri is alive and undergoing treatment at Kasturba Hospital.

The report shows that the burn victims were brought to Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central, at 6.11 am, but the treatment started only at 6.42 am when burn specialists reached the ward. “Dr Shashank Jha and nurse Priti Surve started preparing medico legal papers of the patient and called the burn specialist to come and give treatment rather than providing first aid. Following this the BMC has suspended Dr Jha and nurse,” stated the BMC report.

BMC has terminated Dr Jha from service. According to the report, a detailed inquiry is on and it will soon be submitted to BMC.

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