Savanya Gupta, a 5-year-old child died after four hours of waiting to be admitted to the Firozabad Medical College in Uttar Pradesh on Monday afternoon.
Savanya had come in with a high fever and dropping platelet count symptoms of the dengue outbreak.
A serious outbreak of dengue fever has taken hold in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, as Firozabad district, the most hit region in the state continues to grapple with the outbreak. The outbreak has killed 160, many of them children, in Firozabad so far.
“We got her to the hospital around 8 am. We said to the hospital staff about her condition but they did nothing. We waited for four hours to get her admitted. She died in front of me. She would have been safe had they been provided treatment on time,” says Ajit Gupta, father of the deceased.
ND TV reported that the tragic incident was witnessed by its journalists who were at the hospital reporting on the surge in dengue cases in Uttar Pradesh’s district.
The 5-year-old girl, the family members have alleged, was denied admission despite a raised body temperature.
‘Our sons, daughters are dying without treatment’
Many families like Savanya’s had to deal with the fallout of shrinking hospital space as the Yogi Adityanath government has been criticised over its handling of the dengue outbreak in the state.
Reports say that the lack of beds and doctors in government hospitals made matters worse for many. As cases spiked in the district, hospital occupancy also increased, with two or more patients occupying a single bed at the hospitals including Firozabad Medical College.
A five-year-old child suffering from fever breathed his last after waiting for a bed to become available at Firozabad Medical College. Five-year-old Hritik — who was suffering from very high fever — did not receive urgent medical care. He died after waiting for more than five hours for a bed to become available at the medical facility, according to Times Now.
“I requested them (private hospital) to start the treatment and give me a day’s time to arrange the money. But they refused… On Thursday, I took my son to medical college. Here, I waited for a bed. My son died in the afternoon without treatment. Hospital staff handed over the body. There were no arrangements,” Rajkumar said.
In another incident, a local resident Ashok Kumar said his 10-year-old daughter died after she was denied proper treatment.
“My 10-year-old daughter was suffering from high fever for two days. Her condition deteriorated on Saturday. I took her to the Firozabad medical college, but there was no vacant bed. My child died on the way to a hospital in Agra,” he said.