Nishwa Case: Darus Sehat Hospital sealed by Commissioner KHI

KARACHI: On Wednesday, Sindh Healthcare Commission Team and the district management sealed Darus Sehat Hospital on the orders of Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah two days after Nishwa’s passing.

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Commissioner Shalwani, talking to media after issuing the seal orders, said a warning has been given to the hospital management who took no action. He said more than 80% of the hospital staff was discovered to be untrained.

Soon after the issuance of the order, the hospital has been evacuated with around five patients leaving the facility amid strong protest by the staff.

The SHCC team arrived with police to seal the hospital while the staff resorted to angry remarks directed at the team and police. People also gathered outside the hospital chanting against the hospital management.

OPD, Emergency among other departments have been sealed, said sources.

Chairman SHCC Dr Tipu Sultan told the media that those patients who are in serious condition and needed to be under observation have not been evacuated as par with the law and ordered the hospital management to take care of those patients. He banned the admission of new patients in the facility.

On April 14, Darus Sehat hospital administered wrong medicine to the nine-month-old baby with the infant’s father filing a first information report (FIR) at the Shahrah-e-Faisal police station on April 15.

Nishwa was brought in Darus Sehat Hospital for treatment of diarrhea.

Bilal Ghaffar, a member of the Sindh Assembly (MPA) associated with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), accompanied the little girl’s father to the police station to register the FIR, which named the hospital administration as the culprit.

High dosage of medicine was administered to Nishwa, the baby, worsening her condition, the FIR reads. It added that the hospital administration has acknowledged its mistake.

Due to the dosage, Nishwa’s body was paralyzed.

On April 18, baby Nishwa’s condition further deteriorated as her limbs started to bend due to damage to her brain cells.

On April 22, Nishwa passed away after spending 16 painful days at the hospital.

On April 23, Sindh Healthcare Commission fined the hospital Rs0.5 million while holding two staff members Agha Moiz and Subia responsible for the injection of dosage. The investigative report proved that the injection dosage turned lethal.

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