The national child rights body took charge of the probe, a day after a 3-year-old girl died outside a private hospital in Prayagraj. The victim’s surgical wounds were allegedly left open and she was unattended as her family failed to pay money to the hospital authorities for her treatment.
Disturbing videos and pictures of the incident are also going viral on social media and now even the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an inquiry into the devastating incident.
“National Commission for Protection of Child Rights asks Dist Collector to conduct an inquiry into the case, lodge FIR under relevant IPC sections & recommend strict action against doctors and staff. It also asks that the deceased child’s family be provided compensation. It has also asked for factual action taken report within 24 hrs”, reported ANI.
The parents of the deceased child alleged that the hospital asked for Rs.5 lakh for the treatment of their child. However, when the parents could not meet the demands of the hospital, the staff discharged their daughter without even stitching up her surgical wounds. The hospital authorities, however, have denied all such claims.
“A preliminary inquiry has revealed that the girl was admitted to the private hospital on February 16. She underwent an operation and then she was referred to SRM Hospital, but the parents took her to the children’s hospital instead”, Additional Superintendent of Police Samar Bahadur shared with media.
“She was treated there (children’s hospital), too, and then was brought back to this private hospital, but she died. We are getting a post mortem done”, added Bahadur.
The viral video shows the parents of the victim explaining the situation, as their daughter is seen bearing the pain with a pipe coming out from her nose. “After taking all the money, the doctor discharged her saying ‘it is beyond me now’. He demanded Rs 5 lakh. We gave him whatever he asked for. He asked for blood three times, we provided it”, expressed the father.
Another video shows the family swarmed by flies and the father revealing the wounds of her daughter. One of the videos also showed the parents crying inconsolably because of the situation.