Ten-month-old infant dies in UP after hospital staff delay treatment over bribe of Rs 20
A 10-month-old baby died at a government-run hospital here after treatment was delayed because staff demanded bribes to admit him and give medical aid.
According to family members of the child, Krishna, a nurse in the district hospital, allegedly administered "a wrong injection" as she was not paid "bribe" causing death of the infant on the morning of August 9.
Shivdutt, the child's father, alleged that he admitted his son in the district hospital on August 7 after paying Rs 100 to the nurse and Rs 20 to a sweeper for securing a bed in the children's ward.
He claimed his son was not given proper treatment by the nurse who gave him a wrong injection after which he died.
An inquiry has been instituted by the Chief Medical Superintendent of the district hospital, Dr OP Pandey, who also ruled out administration of wrong injection saying it was an antibiotic injection and there was nothing wrong in it.
"I have instituted an inquiry against nurse Asha Singh by a panel of three doctors and she has been removed from the ward," he said today.
The sweeper, who took money, has been sacked.
Demands for bribes and undue payments for treatment are rife in the healthcare system in the country. Overcrowded state-run hospitals lack basic resources in many states, making matters worse.