The Sindh Health Care Commission issued its report on the death of nine-month-old Nashwa Ali and recommended a Rs500,000 fine be imposed on Darul Sehat Hospital and 95 untrained nurses be fired.
But Nashwa’s father, Qasier Ali, has rejected this report and wants a judicial inquiry into the matter.
Nashwa was taken to the hospital for diarrhea and administered an incorrect drug dosage, concluded the report. It found two people — midwife Sobia and nursing assistant Moiz — responsible for the incident. The report states that Sobia was assigned medication duty and gave Moiz two injections for administration.
One of these was the potassium chloride injection that Moiz administered to Nashwa directly and intravenously instead of adding it to a drip and allowing it be administered over a period of time. This caused Nashwa’s condition to deteriorate and she went into cardiac arrest. She was given CPR for 45 minutes which caused damage to her brain and other tissues since blood circulation was reduced during this time. The report concluded that the injection proved lethal and Nashwa suffered brain damage due to prolonged cardiac arrest.
A report by an investigation team formed by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said her heart, brain and liver were affected by the injection. It also said she could have been saved if she was treated on time.
Rs500,000 is the maximum fine that can be imposed under the Sindh Health Care Commission Act, 2013. The commission has found the hospital guilty of negligence. Its called for the firing of 95 unregistered nurses at the hospital. Of Darul Sehat Hospital’s 165 nurses, only 70 are registered.
It has also called for the head of recruitment at the hospital to be fired and a ‘code blue team’ be formed to provide critical care to patients.
Speaking on SAMAA TV’s programme Awaz, Ali said he believed the people who were actually behind the incident were being protected. The hospital should be sealed, he said.
I don’t want anyone else to go through this, he said.