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Protestors close Paktika hospital gates after baby dies

Protestors close Paktika hospital gates after baby dies

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Jan 03, 2019 - 16:44

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Angry residents on Thursday closed the gates of the provincial civil hospital and an NGO in southeastern Pakitka province after a new born baby died.

The protestors gathered in front of the Provincial Public Hospital in Sharana, the provincial capital, and closed the hospital gates.

Eid Mohammad, father of the deceased child, told Pajhwok Afghan News that his one-day-old baby son died due to negligence of doctors.

He said his son’s condition was not well after he was born in the hospital and the hospital officials gave them an ambulance to carry the baby to Kabulinfo-icon, but the baby died on the way.

Then the ambulance officials called back to their hospital and asked what to do after the baby had died. “They were told to leave us on the road and proceed to Kabul.”

The father said they then hired a taxi to go back home and after the incident, his wife suffered a mental shock and now she was in hospital.

A protestor Khurshid Aman Katawazai told Pajhwok that after hearing about the incident, they closed gates of the provincial public hospital and OHPM (Organization for Healthinfo-icon Promotion & Management). A number of other protesters expressed similar views about the incident.

But Dr. Chinar Seddiqi, the civil hospital director, rejected the baby died due to doctors’ negligence, saying all basic assistance was provided to the child.

He said the hospital ambulance was not used for dead bodies, but for shifting injured. The child’s family was even given back the taxi rent, he said.

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