Four govt hospitals turn ill baby away

10-day-old's family faces several harrowing hours

The family of a 10-day-old child faced a harrowing time on Tuesday after they were allegedly turned away from at least four hospitals here before being admitted to a private hospital late in the night.

The girl child who was born on May 25 was suffering from heart complications. On Tuesday, the child’s condition worsened.

“We first took the baby to Holy Family Hospital. The patient was referred to AIIMS. The hospital said it will not be able to treat the patient and told us to take the girl to RML Hospital. The authorities turned us away there too,” Bhagya Lakshmi, the neighbour of the child’s family who accompanied the patient on Tuesday night, told Deccan Herald.
The ordeal of the family did not end there as the baby was then taken to Lok Nayak Hospital (LNJP) and then to G B Pant Hospital.

Doctors at these two hospitals too refused to attend to the patient, alleged Lakshmi. The patient was taken to the hospitals by her mother Sarita, grandfather and the neighbour.
“We also took the child to Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitshiya and called up Kalawati Hospital. Both places said they did not have the required infrastructure,” said Lakshmi.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Wednesday that he has sought explanation from the two Delhi government hospitals on why the patient was turned away.
“We are in knowledge of four hospitals reportedly turning away the patient. We have sought reports from the two state-run hospitals,” said Jain.

While Siddharth Ramji, medical superintendent of LNJP, said the hospital has no entry of the patient, G B Pant Hospital lacks facilities in dealing with paediatric emergencies.
“The doctor who handles paediatric cardiology cases is on leave. There is no way we can take such complicated cases without the infrastructure in place,” said a senior doctor.

RML Hospital also denied being in knowledge of the patient being turned away.
The child was taken to Apollo Hospitals late night. Initially, the hospital denied admission demanding that a large amount of money be deposited, alleged the family.

However, the patient was later admitted under the quota for poor patients.
“The patient was brought to the hospital in a critical condition and was immediately attended to by our team of experts. She is being provided appropriate medical care by a competent multidisciplinary team of senior consultant doctors and is under constant monitoring and observation on ventilator support in the ICU. The patient is admitted under the EWS (economically weaker section) category,” said a bulletin released by Apollo Hospitals on Wednesday evening.

Jain said the private hospital has been directed to provide the required treatment to the patient.

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