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An eight-year-old girl and eight-month-old toddler died on Saturday after allegedly been administered wrong injections in Karachi. As per initial media reports, the eight-year-old girl Saba was administered an injection by a quack at a clinic in the city.
Saba Noor was brought to a clinic in Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s 13-D area by her parents after she complained of cough and flu. Sources confirm that she was administered an injection by a man claiming to be a doctor. Immediately after the injection, her condition deteriorated and she passed away, her father, Zafar Iqbal told media.
Moreover, there are also some reports which suggested that in Malir, a boy named Hunain passed away allegedly due to a lethal injection.
Administration of Wrong Medicines at Private Hospitals
It is important to note that a few days ago, an infant– paralyzed because of alleged wrong treatment at a private hospital –died during treatment on 22nd April. The death of 9-month toddler made not only headlines but also caused strong reactions on social media where people demanded justice for the little girl.
Faisal Subswari of MQM-P expressed grieve over the death of Nashwa. “No patient & family should face what #Nashwa did. All responsible must be held accountable, from staff to management, to the satisfaction of aggrieved family & to avoid any incident in future. Health Commission & Health Department should do what they’re required to,” he tweeted.
No patient & family should face what #Nashwa did. All responsible must be hed accountable, from staff to management, to the satisfaction of aggrieved family & to avoid any incident in future. Health Commission & Health Department should do what they're required to. 2/2
— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) April 22, 2019
Sindh Govt. took Action
Later on, the Sindh Health Care Commission ordered a private hospital in Karachi to sack its untrained staff and recommended a fine of Rs0.5 million. The order was widely criticized and public demanded strong action against the hospital. Meanwhile, the president of the Sindh Private Hospitals and Clinics Association resigned on Thursday because of medical negligence which caused the death of nine-month-old Nashwa.
A committee was formed to probe into the case and to present its findings before the Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah. The investigation committee presented its initial report to CM Shah, in which it was revealed that midwife Sobia and nursing assistant Moeez showed dereliction of duty. The CM then ordered to seal off the hospital and shift patients to nearby hospitals.
Protest against Unregistered Hospitals
Qaiser Ali, father ofNishwa, announced on Sunday to hold a sit-in against unregistered hospitals. Ali, while speaking to media, said that his demands that a commission should be formed against unregistered hospitals and Darul-Sehat Hospital should be handed over to the Sindh government, were not fulfilled.
Members of civil society also decided to be a part of the protest and demanded the government to take stern action against the private hospitals and doctors who are playing with the lives of innocent people.
Jibran Nasir said that “another wrong injection another child dies. This is why #Nashwa‘s father has taken a stand. It is not just about one child. Everyday a family loses a loved one due to medical malpractice and negligence. Join us for Dharna today at 5pm Johar Mor (Rashid Minhas Rd)”.
Another wrong injection another child dies. This is why #Nashwa's father has taken a stand. It is not just about one child. Everyday a family loses a loved one due to medical malpractice and negligence. Join us for Dharna today at 5pm Johar Mor (Rashid Minhas Rd) pic.twitter.com/GU9ozy7ltV
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 28, 2019
The people of Karachi have now decided to stage protest against the private hospitals and fake doctors. According to the details, the protest shall continue to demand a complete ban over the private clinics where life of innocent children is taken for granted.