A recent incident in Bihar puts into perspective how much medical negligence can affect lives. A seven-year-old boy, Faijan, fell from a mango tree and fractured his left hand. When he went to the hospital for treatment, a negligent doctor cast the plaster on his right hand instead.
This shocking case of negligence came to light on Wednesday from Darbhanga Medical College Hospital, one of the biggest government hospitals in Bihar. In an interview, Faijan told the media, "My left hand was fractured but they plastered my right hand. I tried telling them while they were giving me the treatment but they did not listen to me." This incident happened despite the X-ray result indicating that the boy's left arm suffered a fracture. Even the prescription by the doctor detailed that it was the boy's left arm that was fractured.
When Faijan's mother was approached for a comment, she said that this unfortunate incident occurred only due to the "utter negligence" of the medical staff. She said, "This is utter negligence. We were not even provided with a single tablet by the hospital. An investigation should be carried out."
However, the matter escalated quickly and reached the State Health Department. Minister Mangal Pandey has asked Raj Ranjan Prasad,the superintendent of the medical centre, to brief him on the same.
"Health Minister has asked me to investigate the matter and seek clarification from the concerned team regarding this negligence. I condemn this incident and I am trying to fix the issue. People involved in the incident will be punished," said Dr Raj Ranjan Prasad.
Dr Ranjan Prasad examined the child himself and admitted the hospital's mistake, taking full responsibility for the incident and seeking further clarification from the hospital staff involved in the process. He plans to take action against the people responsible for the negligence.
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