Siliguri: Thousands of people today walked in a candle march in Siliguri demanding punishment for a private nursing home group and its doctors for the death of a dengue afflicted seven-year-old girl due to alleged medical negligence.
The candle march was convened by Soumik Banerjee, father of the deceased child Saeesha Banerjee (spelled Sayesha in an earlier report on NEWSMEN) of Ashram Para in Siliguri.
The march began from Baghajatin Park in the town and traversed through Kachari Road-Hill Cart Road-Sevoke Road before culminating at Panitanki More. Participants in the rally carried lighted candle and #JusticeForSaeesha placard with the little girl’s photograph on it.
At Panitanki More, they lighted candles in front of the child’s portrait and pledged to continue to fight for justice for her.
Her father Soumik has said that he knows his daughter will not come back ever again, but his fight was to ensure that the guilty are punished and the medical fraternity thinks twice in the future before neglecting or misleading during the treatment of anyone.
Soumik, in particular, is aggrieved at his school friend Dr Prince Parekh, who is attached to Neotia Getwel Healthcare Centre in Siliguri. Saeesha was admitted to the private hospital with fever and nausea and was flown to Kolkata unit of the same hospital, Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre at New Town, at Dr Parekh’s advice on 15 September.
The child breathed her last on 17 September at dawn and Soumik blamed the hospital of negligence and misleading on the course of his daughter’s treatment. He had lodged an FIR against the hospital at New Town police station on that day itself.
On 21 September, he lodged another complaint at Matigara police station in Siliguri naming Dr Parekh and the Siliguri arm of Neotia hospital.