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- Thursday, June 13, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The family members and relatives of a 14-year old boy staged protest against the doctors of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) for allegedly not providing him medical care when he was taken to an emergency facility of the tertiary care hospital on Wednesday.


The protesters said young Shahid Ali had suffered heatstroke in Mathra village and was brought to an emergency unit of KTH. According to them, the doctors advised them to take him home as his condition was stable and didn’t require hospitalisation.


“When we took him home his condition deteriorated so we again brought him to the emergency department of the hospital. First there was no doctor at the emergency, but when one arrived he had to see so many patients. We made several requests to him, but he didn’t listen to us and Shahid Ali died because of the sheer negligence of the doctors,” an enraged relative of the deceased, Farman Ali recalled.


They placed the body of Shahid Ali on main entrance of the emergency of the hospital and chanted slogans against the hospital administration.When contacted, KTH chief executive Dr Umar Ayub said the patient was suffering from heatstroke and was administered intravenous drip. “The patient was having hematemesis and died while being shifted to ICU because of bleeding as according to in-charge casualty Dr Akbar Shah’s statement as he was brought in serious condition,” he argued.