Shabir Ahmad

MoS Health not ready to fix Accountability of Doctors responsible for Dengue deaths in Samba

On Saturday when Minister of state for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan  made a statement in the state assembly  regarding spread of Dengue  he categorically denied those reports which had claimed that the deceased girl was admitted in the Samba hospital and was seen and treated by doctors of the J&K Health Services.

Speaking in the state assembly MOS Health stated,” Pooja of Samba who died on September 29, 2013 was not seen and treated by any doctor of the J&K Health Services adding that the deceased was reported to have been admitted in Ravi Hospital Pathankote from where she was referred to DMC hospital Ludhiana where she later expired”.

In contrast the family members claimed that 24 year old Pooja, whose marriage was scheduled to be solemnized on October 10, 2013 fell ill on September 21 and was admitted in the District hospital Samba. It is here the doctors first screened her and confirmed that she had caught symptoms of dengue, the family members claimed sharing hospital records of her admission and follow up treatment.

Shabir AhmadAccording to family  members Pooja after receiving initial treatment was shifted to a private hospital in Pathankot on September 25 and after spending three long days was once again shifted to  Ludhiana where she expired on September 29.

According to family  members of the deceased patient why the state govt is hiding the basic facts. 

When every one is aware and already know that Pooja was admitted in the Samba district hospital and treated there then why our minister is hiding the real facts and trying to cover up their incompetence, said aggrieved family members.

Meanwhile patting his own back  Shabir Ahmed Khan said that after reports of outbreak of Dengue in district Samba, immediately a team of doctors was rushed to the affected area to take stock of the position to understand the ground situation and devise appropriate strategy to contain the outbreak.

The Health Minister informed the House that first case of Dengue was reported on September 3rd 2013 in ward 8 at Samba. He said as on date 256 cases have been detected as positive in Jammu Division, of which 75 cases have been detected in Jammu, 3 in Kathua, 1 in Rajouri and 168 in Samba.

The Minister informed that Health Department has taken several measures to control the outbreak. He said rapid response teams were constituted at District and Divisional Levels besides the District administration also made vigorous campaign to spread awareness among the people regarding preventive measures.

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