ANDHRA PRADESH

Student's death: doctor's negligence alleged

KARIMNAGAR, MARCH 17. An Intermediate first year student, who complained of vomiting and breathing problem, died due to alleged negligence on the part of a duty doctor in providing proper medicare at the Government Headquarters Hospital at Karimnagar town on Thursday morning.

G. Srinivas (17), a native of Kammampalli village of Manthani Mutharam mandal, was studying in Intermediate first year (CEC group) and residing at the SC management hostel in the Ramnagar area of the town. On Wednesday he appeared in his examination and after lunch he started vomiting and complained of illness in the evening.

He was immediately shifted to the hospital.

His condition deteriorated late in the night. The duty doctor was informed about the seriousness of the patient, but he allegedly refused to open his room door and did not even instruct his staff to take care of the patient. In the early hours of Thursday, the student breathed his last.

Enraged over this, various student organisations staged a massive dharna in the hospital and accused the doctor of causing the death of the student.

They also staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate demanding action against the erring duty doctor.

Based on the complaints from student organisations and family members of the victim, the Collector, C. Parthasarathi, announced the termination of the contract of service of the duty doctor, N. Kumar.

He also announced constitution of a committee to conduct a thorough inquiry into the case.

The Collector visited the hospital and consoled the bereaved family members and announced an immediate assistance of Rs. 10,000 to the student's mother, Pochamma.

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