Girl’s death leads to chaos at JPMC

Karachi: Angry heirs of a girl who died in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center JPMC due to alleged hospital manhandled doctors and staff.

It was learnt that a 16yearsold, Simran daughter of Raju who had consumed poisonous substance a few days ago, was brought to hospital in serious condition. She was under treatment in JPMC Ward5, where she died during treatment on Tuesday.

The family members went infuriated and misbehaved with doctors and staff, blaming them responsible for death of the girl.

Later, the doctors went on strike and also staged a protest demonstration outside the JPMC Director Office. They also closed down the Out Patient Departments OPDs of JPMC for some time.

Joint Director JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, when contacted, said harsh reaction of family members is part of medical job, but doctors should avoid protests and closure of OPDs. She said police were being called after the incident and security beefed up at different wards of JPMC.

She informed that girl had been under treatment since 19th October and died on Tuesday morning. She said administration could not arrange separate security for every ward of hospital to control such incidents.

Central leader of Pakistan Medical Association PMA Dr SM Qaiser Sajjad strongly condemned the incident and said incidences of manhandling of doctors would go continued unless formulation of a proper law in this regard.

He demanded of the members of Sindh Assembly for early adoption of Healthcare Commission Ordinance as full-fledged law in Sindh to end occurrence of such incidence in the province. He said early adoption of the ordinance and also its implementation is important to check the growing quackery and manhandling of medical professionals.

He said this law once adopted in letter and spirit will also develop trust between patients and the medical community. He said avenue in all parts of the world existed where patients could register their complaints about negligence on part of the doctors, nurses or any medical professional concerned.

He said no doctor wants to let a patient die at any circumstance, but the matter of life and death is in the hand of Allah, the Almighty. He said there is no system in Pakistan to take action against doctors if found involved in any negligence. He said law will provide protection not only to patients’ rights as well as that of the medical community who would be made accountable for their professional obligations.