GUWAHATI, March 6 - The Prime Minister�s Office has forwarded the complaint lodged by the parents of Avneet Singh Hora, a six-year-old child, who died on February 15, to the Department of Public Grievances for redressal.
Avneet�s parents Arvinder Singh Hora and Mrinali Barbara have alleged gross negligence on the part of the doctors and staff of Guwahati-based International Hospital and have even lodged a complaint with the Dispur Police Station, besides the district administration.
In their letter to the PMO, the aggrieved parents had alleged lack of sincerity (non-availability of senior doctors), non-availability of oxygen mask for a child to fit in, and overall negligence by the hospital authorities.
�In the discharge sheet, the cause of death was stated to be acute respiratory distress syndrome. As per the guidelines of National Institute of Health, such kids should be treated with utmost care along with constant monitoring. But the line of treatment was not at all in accordance with the guidelines,� alleged Mrinali Barbara.
She said that despite making calls and sending text messages to Dr Prakritish Bora on innumerable occasions, the latter did not respond.
She added that it was only through some �VIP connection� that they could finally reach out to Dr Bora.
Avneet, it needs mentioned, was admitted on February 14 and breathed his last on the subsequent date.
Barbara said that they would continue with their fight for justice so that no parents end up losing their kids in the name of treatment.
Medical superintendent of International Hospital Dr NK Hazarika, when contacted, however said that the child was given the best treatment possible and the doctor who first attended on him was also a senior doctor.
�They (parents) however insisted on Dr Prakritish Bora who, despite his ill-health, came to see the patient around 11 pm and stayed on for three hours. In was in the morning that the condition of the child deteriorated and despite our best efforts, the patient could not be saved,� Dr Hazarika said.
�As alleged, there was no delay in formal admission of the child. In fact, some standard norms were relaxed in this case while admitting the patient,� Dr Hazarika added.