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Redressal panel on anvil after med negligence horror

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday requested the state governments to subsidise emergency treatments in private sector and create a reimbursement mechanism.”No hospital can force their consultants to work on targets, and the choice of drugs and devices should rest with doctors based on a patient’s affordability, not the management’s,” IMA president Dr KK Aggawal said.The recent death of a 7-year-old girl due to dengue at Gurugram’s Fortis Hospital, after which her family was given a bill of Rs 16 lakh, as well as the incident of a prematurely born baby being wrong declared dead at Shalimar Bagh’s Max hospital, have brought the country’s private medical care under scanner.Aggarwal said the doctor-patient trust was experiencing a downward spiral in the country as people have started looking at the medical profession with suspicion. “It is disheartening to see the erosion in trust. We want to make the process more transparent. The doctor to patient ratio in India is skewed due to which doctors are under a lot of stress, and they are also human beings.The IMA chief also announced the formation of IMA Medical Redressal Commission at the state level to engage in social, financial, and quality audits of health care. The commission will have a public man, an IMA office bearer, a former state medical council representative, and two subject experts.”Such a commission shall consider every grievance in a time-bound manner. An appeal to the state commission will be heard by the headquarters of the IMA Medical Redressal Commission, which will also have the power to take suo motu cases,” Aggarwal explained.The professional body of doctors also recommended that medical practitioners prescribe National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) drugs and promote Jan Aushadhi kendras. It further appealed to the governments to classify all disposables under NLEM and non-NLEM categories and cap the price of essential ones.The IMA chief added that the recommendations have been forwarded to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Delhi Medical Council, to be considered during the bodies’ ethics committee meeting. He said the recommendations would also be sent to chief ministers of all states, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

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After Max, another Delhi hospital accused of medical negligence

Another case of alleged medical negligence has come to light, this time from BKL hospital in Karol Bagh area.Neeraj Garg, a resident of Gwalior, told ANI on Sunday that he had lost his daughter, Deepa, due to medical negligence of the hospital, who had claimed to cure her of Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type 2 (CDA II).”On the recommendation of a doctor, we admitted her in the hospital. My daughter underwent a (bone marrow) transplant at the hospital in the month of November. After a few days, she fell sick, faced breathing problems and severe headache. Doctors continued to say that all this is normal,” said Neeraj Garg, whose daughter died on November 25.Also readSpeak up Delhi: Max hospital license cancellation irrational, say city residentsGarg, who, according to the bill shown to ANI, has been billed over 17 lakhs for nearly a month-long treatment, also accused the hospital of misleading them in regards to bone marrow transplant treatment.Garg said before undergoing the treatment, they had tried to ascertain with the hospital if they had treated anyone earlier with this method.Garg said the hospital assured them about the treatment; however, her condition began to worsen soon after the treatment.Also read2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark”A few days later, doctors said that they will have to shift her to ICU as she had developed some infection. And what was most shocking was when the doctors said now she will have to be kept on a ventilator because of breathing issues. They said this is a normal process so don’t worry,” he said.Garg also said that hospital authorities were rude to him when he confronted them following her daughter’s death.A few days ago, Delhi Max Hospital (Situated in Shalimar Bagh) was in the news after the hospital declared new-born twin babies dead. However, later on, one of them was found to be alive.In November, Fortis Hospital, Gurugram, had allegedly overcharged a family for treating their daughter of dengue. The seven-year-old girl did not survive and a bill of Rs 16 lakh for 15-day treatment was handed to the family.Also readNot against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

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Fortis case fall-out: Health ministry asks states to warn hospitals against malpractices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Health Ministry today asked all states to issue strict warnings and take action against hospitals, including private ones, which indulge in malpractices such as overcharging and don’t follow standard treatment protocols.The move comes in the wake of allegations that Gurgaon- based Fortis Hospital billed the family of a dengue patient Rs 16 lakh.In a letter to the chief secretaries, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said that alleged malpractices by clinical establishments not only compromise patient safety but also raise concerns about accountability in healthcare costs. She asked the states to ensure implementation of the Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 under which all hospitals can be regulated. “It is time to learn lessons from such incidents and I advise that a meeting with all important healthcare establishments, including private hospitals, of your state be taken and they be clearly sounded not to indulge in such practices, failing which strict action will be taken. “I request you to kindly get the clinical establishment act adopted/implemented by your state also,” Sudan said in the letter.Referring to the recent incident in which a 7-year-old girl died of dengue at Fortis hospital, Sudan said it was alleged that the patient was grossly overcharged and standard treatment protocols were not followed.She also drew attention to the alleged malpractices by various clinical establishments in the recent past. These include exorbitant charges, deficiency in services, not following the standard treatment protocols, etc, resulting not only in compromised patient safety but also concerns about transparency and accountability in healthcare costs, she said.”Such incidents have an extremely deleterious impact on the faith of the general public in the healthcare system of the country. “It is our duty to ensure that such incidents don’t recur, quality care and treatment is provided to those in need and that it is provided at a fair and an affordable price,” she said. She said effective action can be taken against such healthcare establishments indulging in fraudulent and unethical practices under the act.Moreover, there are provisions under other acts, rules and regulations under which action can be contemplated against such activities. The clinical establishments act was been enacted by the Centre to provide for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments in the country with a view to prescribe the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them.The act is applicable to all types (both therapeutic and diagnostic types) of clinical establishments in the public and private sectors. Till now, five states including Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Assam and all Union Territories except the NCT of Delhi have adopted and implemented the act. States like Sikkim, Mizoram, Bihar, UP and Uttarakhand have adopted the act but are yet to implement it. Under the act, standard treatment guidelines are specified for 227 diseases, including dengue, chikungunya and malaria. The hospitals are supposed to abide by minimum standards in terms of infrastructure, services, staff, equipment and lighting arrangements among others.A technical committee is to be set up to decide on charges for treatment of diseases and procedures at clinical establishments, including private hospitals. Health facilities are supposed to display the charges for each procedure and facility to keep the patient informed in advance. Failure to adhere to these guidelines would result in imposition of penalty.

Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. 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. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.

42% college kids have impaired lung function

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘severe’ air quality in Delhi in the last one week has affected the respiratory system of youngsters, a survey has revealed. A random survey, conducted by Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh between November 6 and 11 at five different colleges in Delhi University, Dwarka, Rohini, and Greater Noida stated that 51 per cent of students experienced aggravation in their symptoms because of the pollution.Of the 1,044 students enrolled in the study, 72 per cent were men and 28 per cent were women. The survey revealed that 53 per cent of the students had visible respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sputum production, chest tightness, and breathlessness.”There was a need to involve the youth in such a study because it makes them aware of how the problem of pollution can deter their growth. It makes them more involved in the fight against air pollution,” said Dr Vikas Maurya, senior consultant and head of department, respiratory medicine and interventional pulmonology, Fortis hospital, Shalimar Bagh.The age group varied between 18 and 24 years. All the people were asked to fill a questionnaire, which consisted questions related to respiratory symptoms, pollution, allergies, and use of inhalers.Nearly 52 per cent of the youngsters said they were allergic to smoke, dust, and pollen, 42 per cent showed lung function impairment, and 11per cent were already using inhalers. “The reasons for such high levels of pollution are multiple — lax monitoring mechanisms, absence of a comprehensive policy framework around safe environment, and lack of proactive action to restrict hazardous activities. The Lancet Medical Journal has reported that in 2015, pollution claimed nearly 3 million lives in India, which is disturbing,” said Mahipal Bhanot, facility director, Fortis, Shalimar Bagh.Most of the monitoring stations in the city have been recording pollution levels well beyond 500, which was almost 10 times the permissible standards of 60. Hospitals across the Capital have been swamped with hassled patients, complaining of breathlessness, headache, throat infection, fever, cough etc. Private hospitals are witnessing a rise of 20 per cent in the number of cases of respiratory illnesses.

Brain-dead Jaipur man donates organs, saves 4

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old from Malviya Nagar in Jaipur, who was declared brain dead following a road accident on Saturday, gave a new lease of life to four person by cadaver transplant.Manan Jain’s liver was transplanted to a patient in Medanta NIMS Hospital and the kidneys were transplanted to two patients at the EHCC Hospital; his heart was sent to Fortis Hospital, Okhla, New Delhi.It was a fateful Sunday on October 8 for Jain, who worked in a call center. At around 10:15 am, a car rammed into him in Adinath Nagar when he was heading to office on his motorcycle, after dropping off his younger brother at a friend’s place.Manan was admitted to EHCC hospital, where after five days, the doctors declared him brain dead on Saturday.After his family expressed a desire to donate his organs, his heart, liver and kidneys were harvested in the hospital.”We were aware of organ donation, so the family discussed it,” says Mukesh Jain, Manan’s uncle. “Though our family is in deep sorrow as we have lost our child at such a young age, there is also an overwhelming pride that he has given new life to four others.”Manan’s liver was sent to Medanta NIMS hospital, Delhi Road, via a green corridor, where it was transplanted to a patient. “We successfully performed the transplant. The recipient is under round-the-clock observation,” said Dr Ankur A Gupta, a specialist at Medanta NIMS Liver Transplant Centre.Manan’s remains were cremated on Saturday evening at Jhalana crematorium.Nearly 1.5 lakh people are declared brain dead, only due to accidents, in India annually. About 2 lakh kidneys, 50,000 hearts and 50,000 livers are needed for transplant every year. Even if five to 10% of all brain deaths were harvested for organ donation, there would be no requirement for a living person to donate organs.One person dies of kidney failure every five minutes – amounting to roughly 290 deaths every day due to kidney failure.

Teen treated for conjunctivitis now diagnosed with MDR TB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being treated for conjunctivitis, a 15-year-old Nerul teenager was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB after two months of medical attention. The teenager was experiencing discomfort and a non-resolving severe red-eye problem for over 15 days in September. She had experienced the same condition two months ago, which had settled within three days after her local doctor had prescribed a course of eye drops.Two weeks ago, as the problem persisted, she was recommended to undergo a chest X-ray and later was analysed using the GeneXpert test, a molecular test to detect TB bacteria.The test reports confirmed the presence of MDR TB, and she has been immediately put on a course of MDR-TB medication that will be administered for around two years.Speaking about her medical condition, Dr P Suresh, Head of Department, Ophthalmology at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The allergic reaction on the soft exterior lining of the eyes, nose and mouth are generally accompanied by skin rashes and represent reaction to drugs. The patient did not have any skin rashes. It was possible the eyes became red due to antibiotic drops which were administered earlier.”He adds, “According to the patient’s father, the patient has gained nearly 2 kg. She is eating well and her eyes, nose and mouth are normal now. Overall, she is doing well.””Ocular TB (TB of the eye) has been diagnosed in other rare cases. However, we have never come across such a case in particular with dramatic redness with multiple nodules. Limited inflammation to eyes, nose and mouth had been earlier reported due to bacterial pneumonia but we were surprised to see MDR TB diagnosed.” Dr Suresh, added.THE EYE PROBLEMAs the eye problem persisted, she was asked to undergo a chest x-ray and was later analysed using the GeneXpert test, a molecular test to detect TB bacteria
Her doctor said the allergic reaction on the exterior lining of the eyes, nose and mouth are generally accompanied by skin rashes which she did not have, so antibiotic drops could have caused it

Living on in others: 25-year-old man’s organs save three lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is dead, yet he is alive. The organs of a 25-year-old man, who lost his life in a road accident in Delhi, gave a new lease of life to three people. A green corridor was created on the busy roads of south Delhi late on Wednesday to transport the organs to the recipients.The proposal to donate his organs was discussed with the family members who gave their consent, despite their irreparable loss.In coordination with Delhi Police, a heart was transported from Fortis Rajan Dhall hospital in Vasant Kunj to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Okhla in 18 minutes.The donor, a 25-year-old male, a road accident victim was brought into the emergency ward of Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj at 3:58 am on Monday with multiple fractures and multiple organ failure, post which he was declared brain dead.The first declaration was made at 10:30 am on July 25 and the second at 6:13 pm the same day.According to the hospital-wise data decided by National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), the heart was allocated to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, one kidney to Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, one kidney to BLK Hospital and the liver was given to Sir Gangaram Hospital.A life-saving heart transplant was carried out on a 24-year-old patient suffering from congestive heart failure.”The young patient suffered from myocarditis due to congestive heart failure. In this case, his heart muscles did not relax after each pumping and hence there was excessive water retention in the body. Over the years, the patient’s condition grew serious and he was in dire need of a heart transplant,” said Dr Vishal Rastogi, principal intervention Cardiologist, Head, advanced Heart Failure Program, FEHI.”The Delhi Police played a vital role in making the green corridor a success. They not only save lives on the road but also by being an integral part in such times of need by enabling transportation of vital organs. They have truly become a fundamental part of our teams,” said Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Head, Cardiology Council, Fortis Healthcare.

With five deaths and 250 cases, Swine flu spreads its tentacles fast in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four-year-old resident of Mankhurd was one of the five patients who lost their life due to Swine flu in Mumbai this month. According to the statistics provided by the BMC’s public health department, in the month of July, city has recorded a total of 250 cases in civic-run government hospitals and five deaths.While 672 Swine flu cases have been registered from January till July 15 in the city, out of 874 cases in the state, total 14 deaths have been registered due to Swine flu in the city out of 22 death cases in the state.Statistics show a steep rise in the spread of H1N1 virus in the city. The total five deaths in the month of July include – a 57-year-old man from Bandra, 41-year-old woman from Borivali, 45-year-old woman from Goregaon, a 65-year-old woman from Parel and a four-year-old paediatric patient from Mankhurd.The public health officer, stated, “It has been observed that there was a delay in initiation of Oseltamivir treatment in four out of five death cases. All the four cases were started on Oseltamivir after admission and of the five death cases, four were having one or more comorbid condition.””Swine influenza is transmitted from person to person by inhalation or ingestion of droplets containing virus from people sneezing or coughing. The prevention should start from the patient. They should not go in public spaces since it develops high chances of transmitting the disease. The patient should complete the treatment which lasts for five to seven days with more serious infections lasting about nine to 10 days. Hand hygiene is necessary and must be taken care of by the patients.”According to the BMC’s health department, total 22,230 houses were visited by the health post staff members at ward level.TIME TO BE ALERTAs per BMC, July has seen high a rise in spread of diseases like 309 Malaria cases, 544 Gastro cases, 125 dengue, 88 cases of Hepatitis, and 23 patients of Leptospirosis with two deaths.
Dr Kirti Sabnis, Physician, Fortis Hospital, said, Swine Flu symptoms include — fever, cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, headache, breathing issues, etc.

‘Harassed’ for property by in-laws, woman jumps from 5th floor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old widow, who was allegedly being harassed by her in-laws, jumped off the fifth floor of an under-construction building in south Delhi’s Kishangarh. Bhupendri Mehlawat is currently undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital and her condition is critical, the police said. The woman’s son Deepanshu told police that after his father died three years ago, Bhupendri was allegedly being harassed by her three sisters-in-law for property and money. Deepanshu tried to save her but before he could do anything, she jumped off yesterday evening at 5.30 PM. The incident has left the lower part of her body paralysed. The police have lodged a case under section 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), the maximum punishment for which is an imprisonment of three years, at the Vasant Kunj (North) police station. Bhupendri lives in Kishangarh with her two children, 17- year-old Priya and her younger son Deepanshu. She lost her husband Sanjeev in 2014.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New Delhi: Trainee IAS officer found dead in institute’s swimming pool

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainee IAS officer was on Monday late night found dead in the swimming pool of Foreign Club Institute, situated in Ber Sarai.The officer who has been identified as Ashish Dahiya (30), a native of Sonipat, was attending a get together with his friends from Indian Foreign and Revenue Services when the incident took place.”A PCR call was received at PS Vasant Vihar during early hour of 30/05/2017 mentioning that ‘person who had drowned in the swimming pool of Foreign Club Institute, situated in Ber Sarai was being taken to hospital. Upon enquiry, it was learnt that the victim was Ashish Dahiya,” said police in a statement.Police said that statements of eye witnesses reveal that while swimming, a lady officer probably had an accidental slip into the pool and many young officers, including the deceased, attempted rescuing her. As the lady officer was safely pulled out, it was noticed that Ashish was missing..soon, he was discovered, floating.Ashish Dahiya was rushed to the Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.The family of the deceased was informed who have reached Delhi.A team of senior officers is on the spot to collect evidence and to record statements of relevant persons.

Woman gets faulty treatment for rare abdominal syndrome

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being wrongly diagnosed for gastric issues for months on end, Pune-based 25-year-old Padmaja Shivane was operated for a rare Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in February, a rare abdominal pain syndrome which affects one in every 1,000 people.Shivane, who experienced excruciating stomach ache since December had tried to treat it in Pune with painkillers and antacids. It was only three months later that she was diagnosed with MALS at Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai.According to the doctors, MALS usually affects the young female population and there is one reported case every few years.Speaking about the faulty treatment that Shivane underwent for a few months, she said,”It took me too much time to realise that I had such a rare and serious condition, which all along was being treated with medication for gastric issues. I consulted several doctors who couldn’t diagnose the actual problem for weeks. I am glad, that I was finally diagnosed with MALS and was able to get the required treatment before my condition worsened.”MALS causes a ligament to compress an abdominal blood vessel, preventing the blood to flow freely into the stomach and the upper intestine. In Shivane’s case, she experienced severe pain after she consumed food, and it was this condition that she was treated for over three months in Pune’s different hospitals.Dr Rakesh Rai, Hepatobiliary & Transplant Surgeon at Fortis Hospital, said, “Cases like these are extremely rare and there is little or no awareness about this condition. The key to treating it is timely surgical intervention. Not all tummy aches are acidity or gastric troubles. It is always ideal to see a doctor when you have a persistent stomach ache. In Shivane’s case, we were fortunate that she sought medical attention at a specialist unit in time.”Dr Rai further added ways to identify the problem, “Any patient with severe upper abdominal pain, mostly after eating, which continues for months and common investigations like endoscopy cannot explain the cause of pain is a strong indicator of MALS. Since it is a congenital one cannot take any precautions to avoid it.”Shivane added, “I am able to live a healthy life today. I am now able to get back to my daily routine and do not face any problems at home or at work.”

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