September 12-The Center Suterday Ordered a probe into the death of a seven year old boy suffering from Dengue after five hospitals decline to admit him and soon after his parents jumped to death from a four storey building,triggering outrage. The couple’s only son, Avinash, died of dengue on September 8 after allegedly being denied admission at five prominent private hospitals on the previous day. “Their child had contracted dengue and was being treated at Batra hospital. When their child passed away the parents were crestfallen. We went to Chhattarpur where the final rites were performed and the child was buried,” said Gyanendra Devashish, a neighbour of the deceased family. After Performing the last rites of their son , the couple jumped to death from the terrace the four- storey building they were living in. The couple’s bodies were discovered by their neighbour on the intervening night between Thursday and Friday.The couple had their arms tied together with a stole. The deceased were identified as Laxmichandra and Babita Rout,both natives of odisha ,said DCP Prem Nath,adding that the couple have left behind a one-page suicide note in odia ,in which they written that “it is nobody’s fault” and “the decision” was theirs. The boy’s medical reports showed he was referred to five prominent private hospitals in the capital, which allegedly refused to admit him. He was eventually admitted to another private hospital, but died shortly afterwards. The Delhi government has asked the hospitals to explain why they had refused to treat Avinash, despite an August 28 notice to all hospitals not to deny admission to any dengue patient on account of a lack of beds. The virus causes symptoms such as fever, severe headache, joint and muscular pains, vomiting and rashes. If untreated, it can cause death. The Delhi government has also issued show-cause issue in the hospitals threatening cancellation of their registration. Union Health Minister JP Nanda said his Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi government on the Issue by September 14 while asserting that “guilty will not be spared” and action taken against those who have not followed the Health Ministry protocol for dengue treatment.
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