Child victim of endosulfan dies due to medical negligence
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 23:37
Kasargode: A two-and-a-half-year-old girl, a victim of health problems reportedly caused by pesticide endosulfan, died today allegedly due to medical negligence on the part of a doctor of a government hospital here.

Official sources said the doctor, Narayan Naik, of the Government General hospital has been suspended on the basis of a probe by the District Medical Officer, after the incident sparked widespread protests.

The child, Prajitha, was taken to the state-run hospital yesterday after her condition worsened. However, the child specialist in the hospital was on leave.

Later, her relatives took her to the clinic of the doctor, who allegedly asked for Rs 100 as fee for providing medical care to the child in a critical state.

The child was later taken to a private hospital where she died today, sources said.

The government doctor was suspended from service based on DMO's probe ordered by state Health minister P K Sreemathy. "This is a most tragic incident, which should not have happened," Sreemathy said.

Activists of CPI-M's youth outfit DYFI marched to the doctor's clinic demanding stern action against him.

Kasargode district is the worst-affected area in Kerala due to aerial spraying of endosulfan in a state-run cashew plantation, which allegedly caused a large number of deaths and grievous health problems to hundreds over the years.

The protesters said this has happened at a time when the entire society is aware of the dangers of endosulfan and Kerala has been at the forefront of a campaign for a global ban on endosulfan.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 23:37

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