Telangana boy dies after getting IV injection, police launch search for doctor

Sabavath Jashwanth, 13, had been suffering from shortness of breath, cough, and cold for three days.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Sep 11, 2023 | 11:42 AMUpdatedSep 11, 2023 | 11:42 AM

Sabavath Jashwanth. (Supplied)

The Nalgonda police are on the lookout for a Rural Medical Practitioner (RMP), who went into hiding after the death of a 13-year-old boy.

The RMP had earlier administered several IV (intravenous) injections to the boy, identified as Sabavath Jashwanth, son of farmers Rathya and Sali of Peddathanda village. On receiving the injection, the boy started to sweat profusely and collapsed.

Though he was rushed to a private hospital, his life could not be saved.

The police said the boy’s grandfather took him to Krishna Clinic, also known as Srinivas Reddy First Aid Centre, near Nampally Bus Stand in Peddathanda around 8.30 am on Sunday, 10 September.

He had been suffering from shortness of breath, cough, and cold for three days, according to Dr Kondal Rao, District Medical and Health Officer.

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‘Collapsed after injections’

“His grandfather took him to Srinivas Clinic since it was a familiar place. He was administered more than three injections. Soon after getting the injections, he collapsed. The RMP and others rushed the child to another hospital, where the doctor pronounced him dead,” the child’s uncle told South First.

On returning to their village, the bereaved family learnt that the clinic’s owner had passed away, and an assistant with dubious credentials had been operating it.

Following the child’s death, the family and villagers staged a protest, demanding the expulsion of the RMP from the village, besides initiating legal action against him.

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“The clinic is only a few metres away from the police station. How could the police officers be unaware of the history of this RMP? The child should get justice,” his uncle added.

“A case has been registered against the RMP under Section 304 A (death caused by negligence) of the IPC. The doctor has been on the run since morning,” Nampally police inspector Naveen Kumar told the media.

“The body of the deceased child has been sent to Area Hospital in Devarkonda, Nalgonda district for a post-mortem examination. The exact cause of death could be determined only after the post-mortem,” he added.