Another death due to dengue was reported from Hyderabad on Friday, after a 7-year-old boy succumbed to his illness at a private hospital in the city. He was a resident of Yousufguda and was admitted to the Pragnya Hospital on September 7.
The parents of the child have alleged medical negligence and filed a complaint, following which the Panjagutta police booked a case under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC and took up investigation.
Shortly after the 7-year-old was admitted, doctors had taken his blood test, and he had tested positive for dengue.
Speaking to Express, the boy's mother, M Radha said, “On Tuesday morning, my son was laying still with eyes open. His heartbeat started flickering on the monitor but no one from the hospital bothered to take note of it even after I informed them about it. Suddenly his heartbeat stopped. It was only after I raised alarm that the hospital staff kept him on a ventilator.”
“We are investigating the case and a thorough probe will be conducted. Those found guilty will have stringent action taken against them,” Panjagutta Inspector Karunakar Reddy was quoted as saying.
Just earlier this week, the Telangana High Court pulled up the state government for its failure to tackle the spread of dengue and came down heavily on the Health department's claim that no one had died of the disease this year until September 7.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy made scathing observations after going through reports filed by authorities of the state government.
The court also pulled up the state for failing to take up fogging measures.