When their seven-year-old boy, Avinash, died of suspected dengue, a couple committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a four-storey building in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai. But as heartbreaking as this incident is, the disturbing part is two private hospitals may have refused to admit the boy when he was ill.
According to Zee News, Delhi’s Health Department has issued show-cause notices to Moolchand Hospital, Aakash Hospital (Malviya Nagar), Saket City Hospital, Max Hospital (Saket) and Irene Hospital (Kalkaji) for allegedly refusing to admit dengue patients.
On the other hand the Union Health Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi government by September 14.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda has declared that the “guilty will not be spared”.
The Delhi government had issued an advisory on August 28 making it mandatory for all hospitals and nursing homes to admit patients suffering from dengue.
State Health Minister Satyendar Jain also warned of the “strictest” action against those who violate the advisory. He said that the Delhi government has ordered an increase in the number of beds in all hospitals for dengue patients. The dengue death toll in the national capital now stands at five. The couple identified as Lakshman Chandra Raut and Babita Raut, both from Odisha, jumped from their rented accommodation in Lado Sarai area of south Delhi on Wednesday around 12.15 am, the police said. Police have initiated an inquest proceeding in the case under Section 174 of CrPC.