The Hush Post: In an incident which reflects the poor state of infrastructure in Punjab hospitals, a girl died on her way to PGI, due to the apathy of doctors who kept referring her from one hospital to another. A class VIII student of a government school in Bathinda’s Barkandi, Parveen had started vomiting blood during school hours. Parveen’s last rites were performed last Friday.
According to the school headmaster, Veerpal Kaur, Parveen took ill all of a sudden. She complained of numbness in her arms to her colleagues and then started vomiting blood. The parents were informed who then immediately took her to government hospital in Goniana but was referred to Civil Hospital, Bathinda. On reaching Bathinda, the girl was further referred to Fardikot Medical College. Parveen was taken to Faridkot, but here too, the doctors referred her to PGI, Chandigarh. However, on her way to Chandigarh, Parveen breathed her last.
Parveen’s father Jaspal Singh said that even if one of the doctors had tried their bit to resuscitate his daughter, she could have been saved. Instead, they tried to throw the ball into other’s court, he alleged.
Meanwhile, expressing grief, CMO, Civil Hospital, Bathinda, Dr HN Singh held that the family’s anger was justified. He however said that the girl was brought in a very serious condition and needed a multi-specialty hospital, and hence was referred to Faridkot.