Health ministry asks Haryana govt to probe Fortis Hospital in Gurugram

7 year old dies of dengue Gurugram hospital makes parents pay Rs 18 lakh

7 year old dies of dengue Gurugram hospital makes parents pay Rs 18 lakh

The high-end Fortis Memorial and Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram, has come under the Union health ministry's scanner over the death of a seven-year-old dengue patient this September.

The private hospital in Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb, has defended the charges.

Haryana's health minister Anil Vij today announced that a senior officer would investigate the case.

"We will take all the necessary actions", health minister JP Nadda said on Twitter, as outraged netizens began tweeting at Fortis memorial hospital.

According to a family friend's post on Twitter, the hospital reportedly charged them Rs 18 lakh for treatment including for nearly 2,700 gloves and 660 syringes (almost 40 syringes a day) over the course of 15 days. Her family said they had rushed her to Rockland Hospital in Dwarka two days later when the fever did not abate.

Terming the incident "very unfortunate", Nadda earlier in the day had asked Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to look into the case.

The details of what is reported to be the 20-page bill have been circulated on Twitter, and there have been allegations that the hospital overcharged for things like strips that check blood sugar levels.

After spending close to 15 days, she was moved to another hospital that pronounced her dead.

Fortis hospital in a statement claimed that all standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient.

The minor, Adya Singh's was diagnosed with dengue on August 31 and admitted at the Fortis Hospital.

The patient, Adya Singh, had died in Fortis hospital, Gurugram following a 15-day long stay in pediatric ICU where she was on a ventilator for 11 days in September.

"An amount of Rs 5,21,433 was paid by the insurance, and the balance Rs 10,37,889 was paid by the family of the child", the statement added.

When News Today contacted the offices of the Indian Medical Association - Tamil Nadu State Branch, the officials in charge said, "In case any unethical practices or issues of patients being overcharged for treatment comes to our notice, we will immediately take action".

"No hospital will be allowed to play with the health and sentiments of the people in Haryana". It was not clear if any action was taken so far.

"She was admitted with severe dengue which progressed to dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration", said the statement. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. "All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actual", the hospital was quoted as saying by the HT.

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