Dr. Kafeel Ahmed Khan, who was in-charge of the Encephalitis ward has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF).
He has been arrested as responsible for the deaths of over 60 children in five days in the week, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply. The arrest has come six days after his suspension as the hospital in-charge.
Apart from him, hospital principal Dr. Rajeev Mishra, Dr. Purnima Shukla, Dr. Satish Kumar (head of anesthesia), chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal and clerks Uday Pratap Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and Sudhir Kumar Pandey were also named. Rajeev Mishra and Ms. Shukla (Husband-Wife) have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
In an enquiry conducted by the district administration and the Chief Secretary, Khan has been found guilty of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medical Council. Non-bailable warrants have been issued against seven of the nine people.
The total death count of children in the hospital has reached to sad 1304 this year. Between August 27 and 29, 42 children died in the span of 48 hours. Officiating principal of the hospital, P K Singh, had said, “Till midnight on August 27, there were 342 patients in the paediatrics department, out of which, 17 died. Till midnight on August 28, there were 344 patients on bed and 25 of them died.”
The police department is taking actions to reach out to the actual matter and to provide a total sense of safety to the patients. Lets hope for things to get right soon and no children to die again.