Senior doctor to probe kids’ deaths at Srinagar hospital

Srinagar, May 16: Director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) will probe the deaths of 15 children at G.B. Pant Hospital and submit a report to the government in a week, said the Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the cabinet has taken a serious note of the deaths of children. In a Twitter message, he said: ‘Cabinet has taken serious note of the situation in GB Pant Hospital. Director of the Medical Institute (SKIMS) has been asked to review (its) functioning.’

A government order issued after a cabinet meeting chaired by Abdullah said Dr. Shoukat Ali Zargar, the SKIMS director, has been asked to inquire into the deaths after local media reported that 15 children had died in the hospital in the last fortnight.

Minister for Medical Education R.S. Chib visited the hospital to take stock of the situation.

He said better coordination was needed between the deputy superintendent and the superintendent of the hospital besides an increase in the number of ventilators and nursing staff.

He said blaming doctors for the deaths was premature and the government would wait for the probe report before taking action.