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GUNTUR: In a shocking incident, a 11-year old girl, Shaik Sania, died of severe breathing complications at Government General Hospital (GGH), after failing to get proper medical aid for several hours on Saturday.
The victim’s mother alleged that the girl died only due to negligence by doctors and staff at GGH. GGH superintendent Dr K Sudhakar has ordered a probe into the incident and promised to take action if any negligence was found.
The incident has highlighted the disorder in patient management at GGH as there was no proper arrangement to segregate and handle Covid-19 and emergency patients in casualty wing.
TOI had highlighted the issue of chaos at the GGH only a day before.
According to information, Shaik Naseema, a resident of RTC colony in the city, had brought her daughter to the GGH after finding her struggling to breath at home.
Naseema’s brother Khaja who accompanied them to the GGH brought the issue of critical condition of the girl to the notice of the staff in the casualty wing and urged them for help.
They believed to have asked them to wait for their turn as there was a long queue. An hour later the condition of the child deteriorated prompting Naseema to cry and request doctors for urgent intervention.
Then, the doctors have reportedly referred the girl to x-ray department to assess the situation without attending to her immediately. The doctors reported to have advised x-ray to diagnose whether it was a case of Covid-19 or not.
The treatment was started only after getting the x-ray report by which time the condition worsened. The child died a little after being put on ventilator support.
“My daughter would have lived had they put her on life support soon after coming to the hospital. The negligence of the hospital authorities is the only reason for the death of my child,” Naseema said.
The body of the child was not handed over to the kin awaiting the Covid-19 test result.
Guntur MP Galla Jayadev slammed the state government for failing to streamline administration even four months after Covid-19 outbreak.


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