A magisterial probe has been ordered into the tragic death of a seven-year-old boy who was refused admission at five hospitals in the national capital while another child died of dengue on Sunday after his family was turned away from some of the city's top hospitals, according to reports.
The parents of seven-year-old Avinash Rout committed suicide by jumping from a four-storeyed building in South Delhi's Lado Sarai after he passed away on September 8.
Delhi has seen a spate of dengue cases and Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Monday said the union government has asked the Delhi Government to increase the number of beds in government-run hospitals and to initiate action against private ones for over-charging afflicted patients.
NDTV reported that the child was allegedly denied admission by the government-run Safdarjung hospital which asked his family to take him home.
The family told the channel that through the night the next day they took the child from hospital to hospital and couldn't secure a bed for him anywhere, leading to his death.
It is completely unacceptable that some hospitals didn't accept a patient n he died. Strict action wud be taken against them— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 12, 2015
"We kept roaming around the city through the night, we couldn't save him. We did what we could," a grieving family member told the channel.
"We have ordered magisterial enquiry to probe the whole incident. The area distrist magistrate has been asked to scan the CCTV footages from the cameras installed near the five hospitals to establish the sequence of the events," Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain was quoted as saying by PTI, referring to the death of Rout.
Five hospitals, Moolchand, Max Saket, Saket City hospital, Akash hospital and Irene hospital were issued showcause notices by Delhi government on Saturday and asked to explain why their registration should not be cancelled for their alleged refusal to admit Rout.
As per the August 28 advisory, issued by Delhi government's health department, no hospital, be it private or government, should deny admission to a patient suffering from dengue. Also, with dengue cases assuming alarming proportions, Delhi government has also ordered all government hospitals to open 'Fever Clinics' at their premises to detect the disease at the primary level.
As per the municipal corporation's fresh data released, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the vector borne disease till September 12.
A 43-year-old man succumbed to the disease at the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital yesterday, according to PTI. Hospital authorities said the patient had come in a critical condition and was admitted on September 11.
"He was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. He had internal bleeding and his platelets count were less than 20,000. He was immediately shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Our doctors made efforts to resuscitate the patient but he passed away on September 12 morning. He had private report of dengue positive," said a senior doctor.
This is the national capital's worst dengue outbreak in last five years, media reported. The state government has also launched a helpline number -- 011-23307145 -- to provide information on the disease.