“Medical negligence” responsible for Mufti’s death

SRINAGAR: Some senior doctors Wednesday charged the attendants of former chief minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, of “negligence and dereliction” of their job resulting in late leader’s sudden demise.

“It is primarily a grave lapse on part of those persons who were attending on late Mufti at his residence when he complained of severe chest pain and also failure to apply a timely dot on him “, they lamented.

The doctors, requesting not be named, said when late Mufti suffered a pneumonia attack on late December 23 evening (11 pm) and for next 17 hours there was no proper medical assistance provided to ailing chief minister till he was admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on December 24 at 4 pm. 

“He had suffered an attack of pneumoconiosis and ought to have been given a dot like the doctors do in case of other community pneumonia patients”, they asserted.

Well informed sources said a Jammu based doctor had advised late Mufti to avoid severe cold and dust after he had complained of severe chest congestion and pain during second week of December. 

Couple of days later, the sources said, former chief minister was persuaded to visit Kashmir for reviewing the progress of some development works in summer capital city besides spending his Christmas day at Gulmarg.

In Srinagar on December 23, the late leader had spent whole day in touring various places including downtown area of the capital city exposing himself to severe cold and dust hence aggravating the infection. 

Meanwhile, Pather’s Pary leader Bhim Singh had on Saturday demanded a judicial enquiry by three judges of the Supreme Court of India into the circumstances under which the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed died in AIIMS, Delhi on January 7 last. 


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