Need for law for protection of patients’ rights stressed

Karachi: Local Sindh TV artist and model Arslan Dastgir on Saturday said the criminal negligence of charity hospital staff claimed a life of her 18-month old daughter Moona Dastgir in Hyderabad.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC). Senior TV artists Gulab Chandio, Yasir Nawaz, Jawaid Jamal, Ali Raza, Najma Kawish and Kiran Abbasi others were present on the occasion.

Arslan Dastgir explained that “I had visited the nearby clinic of Dr Zulfiqar Sheikh for treatment of her daughter Moona, who was suffering from minor ailment, where doctor referred him to a charity hospital, Ghani Hospital located in Qasimabad area of Hyderabad.” He said when he and his ailing daughter reached at hospital no any specialist doctor was present there and her daughter administered by staff nurse.

He said “I repeatedly requested the staff that her daughter was suffering from respiratory problem and arrange oxygen before administering her, but unfortunately his requests went unnoticed.” He alleged criminal negligence of staff claimed the life her daughter on 30 January and administration also misbehaved with them over their protests against hospital administration. He said Qasimabad police refused to register death case against hospital administration.

He said government has not introduced any law to punish doctor committing negligence while treating patients despite the passage of 66 years. He said many people lost their beloved ones every day in Pakistan due to negligence and malpractices of doctors.

He demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Prime Minister and Sindh Government authorities to take notice of incident and take action against the hospital administration and also cancel doctors’ registeration.

Senior artists present on this occasion, stressed the need of proper law about patients rights and quack doctors to prevent such incidence in future.

Press conference followed by a protest demonstration against hospital administration and staff negligence which claimed the life of 18-month old Moona Dastagir.

The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with different slogans like we want justice, action against hospital administration and CJP take notice of incident.

The artists vowed to continue protest till seal of hospital and action against doctors involved in negligence.