Infant dies after hospital refused CT scan due to shortage of Rs 50

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Jharkhand : An year old boy died at a hospital yesterday after his father was short of funds Rs 50 for scan, according to Jharkhand police. Shyam had got head injury in a fall and was brought to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) for treatment on Sunday.

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According to the boy’s father, the doctors had asked for a CT scan to be done before further check and the costs was Rs 1,350 and he had only Rs 1,300. He requested the lab staff to conduct the scan but they allegedly refused, the police said.

The Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi.(HT file photo)

But the lab staff allegedly refused to do the scan and Shyam subsequently died.

Where as the story what hospital authorities are saying is different, they refuse to accept the shortage of money was the issue,  RIMS director BL Sherwal said that the one-year-old fell from the terrace of his house on August 12, but his parents brought him to the hospital on August 20.

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In another similar incident on Sunday, a mother and her unborn child died in Gumla district.

Janki Devi was admitted in the Gumla Sadar hospital for delivery.

However, the hospital did not perform the operation and referred her to RIMS.

According to Janki Devi’s husband Munna, the hospital management took three hours to complete the paper work. She died while waiting for its completion.

The opposition parties have expressed concern over the state’s poor healthcare scenario.

Source : HT

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