PAKPATTAN: An 18-year-old heart patient lost her life outside Pakpattan’s District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital on Saturday after doctors ‘refused to treat her’ at the emergency unit, media reports said.
A video being circulated by the media shows that the girl was brought in at about 3:58pm at the hospital but was only allowed to enter the premises and go through a medical checkup at about 4:52pm, causing almost an hour’s delay.
The deceased girl was a heart patient and was brought to the hospital in an unconscious condition but doctors and paramedical staff asked her father to bring his National Identity Card (NIC) in order to get medical treatment, according to the family.
As the deceased’s father rushed back to his home to bring his NIC, the girl lost her life, they told media persons. The family also claimed that the deceased was brought on a wheelchair and the hospital staff didn’t even provide her a stretcher.
On the other hand, Pakpattan Health CEO Rana Imtiaz said the patient was checked by doctors at the emergency unit and the family was told that the patient was dead before arrival at the facility. He further added that a committee has also been formed to launch a comprehensive probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the incident and ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter.