Injured Karachi teenager dies after three main hospitals deny therapy

A file picture of an emergency ward of a Karachi hospital.
  • Teenage boy succumbs to accidents as hospitals refuse admission in Karachi, says Sindh well being division official
  • He was reportedly denied therapy at Ziauddin, Jinnah and Abbasi Shaheed hospitals.
  • Inquiry report submitted to Sindh Well being Minister Dr Azra Pechuho for consideration and motion.

A youngster with head accidents from a street accident misplaced his life after being tossed round Karachi’s 4 hospitals, the place he was denied therapy, over a span of not less than six hours, Sindh well being division officers shared, citing an inquiry report.

“Seventeen-year-old Arif Hashim was denied therapy by the Ziauddin Hospital, Nazimabad; the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital [ASH] and the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre [JPMC] after getting severely injured in a street accident on September 12. The boy was shifted from one hospital to a different with out therapy till he died,” a well being division official was quoted as saying by The News in a report revealed Tuesday.

The publication reported that the 17-year-old was discovered severely injured on the Liaquatabad bridge at round 1:10 am. Some motorcyclists took him to the close by privately-run Sambros Hospital in Karimabad. The younger man was referred to Ziauddin Hospital, Nazimabad as Sambros Hospita didn’t have an accident and trauma care facility.

“As a substitute of treating the affected person, the administration of the Ziauddin Hospital put a collar across the fatally-injured boy, maintained an IV line and shifted him to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital,” the well being division official was quoted as saying mentioned whereas citing the inquiry report into the dying of {the teenager} as a result of denial of therapy to him for a number of hours.

The Sindh well being division official mentioned Abbasi Shaheed Hospital didn’t have a CT scan facility and its neurosurgery division had been non-functional for the final a number of months. So the workers on the hospital referred the boy to a different hospital – JPMC.

“The CT scan at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital solely capabilities between 9 within the morning and 9 at evening. Equally, neurosurgery amenities at ASH haven’t been obtainable for the previous a number of months, so the medical officers and workers at ASH emergency determined to maneuver the affected person to the JPMC with out even touching him,” claimed the official.

The 17-year-old was then taken to Jinnah hospital’s emergency ward, the place the workers didn’t let him enter, the well being official shared.

The JPMC workers reportedly refused to deal with the boy saying that that they may soak up any affected person “with none identification and attendant”. 

Jinnah hospital’s workers then requested the Edhi ambulance driver to take the injured teenager again to ASH, the well being official mentioned, quoting ambulance driver Muhammad Junaid.

So Hashim was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital once more, the place he was denied treateent for a second time.

He ultimately died after struggling for greater than six hours with out being provided any help, mentioned the well being division official.

No cash, no connections

We’re very poor and haven’t any connections, {the teenager}’s brother-in-law, Zulfiqar, informed the publication.

He mentioned they’ll attempt to register a case in opposition to the administrations of all of the hospitals whose negligence had led to Hashim’s dying.

Unidentified injured individuals being denied therapy commonly: Edhi officers

Remedy to unidentified injured folks is reportedly being denied by the administrations of tertiary-care hospitals commonly.

Edhi officers mentioned such incidents at the moment are occurring regularly.

The administrations of tertiary-care hospitals deny therapy as a result of it might require some spending, so the workers of the emergencies attempt to do away with such sufferers by referring them to different hospitals, the Edhi officers mentioned.

Inquiry being dealt with by Sindh well being minister

An inquiry committee into the younger man’s dying has really helpful critical authorized and departmental motion in opposition to the in-charges of the emergencies of each ASH and the JPMC, and sacking the whole groups of each the emergency departments, the well being official shared.

He mentioned the inquiry is now with Sindh Well being Minister Dr Azra Pechuho for consideration and motion.

The Information reported {that a} quick video clip was offered to the publication which reveals the “gasping boy mendacity on a stretcher at ASH”. 

“The Edhi driver and workers mentioned the affected person was alive when he was taken again to ASH, however since no therapy was offered to him, he died after a couple of minutes,” mentioned the well being division official.

Dr Pechuho has been really helpful to kind a high-level inquiry board to analyze the incident, and to counsel reforms within the emergency and trauma care amenities of Karachi to avoid wasting lives following street accidents and different such incidents.

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