Youth dies with minor injury in GMC, family protests alleging medical negligence

Family members wailing over the dead body of a youth in Emergency Ward of GMC Jammu.
Family members wailing over the dead body of a youth in Emergency Ward of GMC Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 4: The sudden death of a youth in Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu triggered protest today with his family members alleging that he died due to negligence of the doctors.
According to the reports, a young man namely Ajay Kumar (27) son of Vijay Kumar, resident of Channuchak (Jhiri), who used to work at a shop dealing with flex boards at Patoli, this afternoon went to install a flex board at Shalamar Road with one of his accomplices. While installing the flex board, his one foot suddenly slipped from the ladder. Though he did not fell down but his foot got injured with a nail fixed in the ladder.
For the treatment of the foot, Ajay along with his accomplice went to Emergency Ward of GMC Jammu but they were asked to go to Surgery OPD, where a doctor examined Ajay and asked him to go to surgery room for dressing of the wound. As he went to surgery room, a junior doctor gave 2 stitches at his wound and after dressing asked a medical student to administer him one bottle of intravenous fluid and some injections.
As per the reports, the medical student was so untrained that while administering intravenous fluid to Ajay, a major part of it leaked out. Thereafter, when the student administered the patient two injections back to back in his abdomen, he stated fainting and within two minutes fell unconscious.
When his accomplice made a hue and cry, Ajay was shifted immediately to Emergency Ward, where he was declared as dead by the doctors. Hearing the news of Ajay’s death his family members also reached the GMC and lodged their protest while wondering that how he can die just with a minor wound. They alleged that there will be definitely some medical negligence due to which he died within 2 minutes of administering the injections.
After getting information of the protest, senior officers of police and civil administration also reached the spot and assured the family of magestrial enquiry into the matter after which the family members and other kin of the deceased pacified.
SDPO Jammu West, Deputy SP Amit Sharma told Excelsior that DC Jammu has assured to order magestrial enquiry into the whole episode. He said the body has been shifted to mortuary room of the Hospital and postmortem will be conducted tomorrow by a board of doctors.