Guv orders probe into dengue patient's death-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
FLORIDABLANCA -- Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday ordered a probe into the case of a dengue patient who died allegedly due to the negligence of hospital personnel at the Romana Pangan District Hospital here.
Pineda, upon learning of the grievances of the family of four-year-old Aichelle Mitch Lopez, immediately ordered for a thorough investigation.
She said she would not tolerate erring hospital employees.
The investigation will focus on the diagnosis made on the two separate platelet tests conducted on the girl. Hospital personnel allegedly informed the victim's family earlier that results of both tests were "normal."
April Joy Calma Lopez, the girl's mother, said hospital personnel mishandled her daughter's case as they failed to correctly diagnose her condition.
Aichelle Mitch was confined at the RPDH last August 14 to 16, she said.
"Ang nangyari po, August 14, 2013 ay sinuri ang kanyang dugo (platelet test). Ang resulta po negative sa dengue at normal po ang bilang ng platelets bagay na nilalagnat pa ring ang bata," the mother said in her letter addressed to the governor.
The next day, the patient again underwent a platelet test, which according to hospital personnel, remained normal despite the continuing fever.
"August 16, 8:00 a.m., nag rounds ang doctor, humingi po ako ng referral upang ipasuri sa labas ng hospital ang dugo ng pasyente, NH1 at NH2. Dakong 11:00 a.m., may resulta na dengue stage 3, at ibinigay sa may nurse's station ang resulta ng NH1. Subalit hanggang 4:00 p.m. ay walang dumating na doktor," the letter stated.
"Nangininig na at nangingitim na ang mga labi, wala pa ring doctor na dumating, ang mga nurses, ang sabi naman normal lang daw ang panginginig hanggang sa binigyan na lang ng oxygen ang pasyente at umabot na sa kalagayang comatose," the letter added.
Lopez said it was Dr. Carlota Caloma, a private doctor who was visiting another patient there, who listened to her plight and advised her to transfer her daughter to another hospital as the RPDH could not seem to give the needed medical attention due to the seriousness of the case.
"Bago pa ilipat ang pasyente, hiningan pa kami ng P300 para sa ambulansiya na walang resibo o anuman," the mother said.
The girl expired shortly after she was admitted to the Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 03, 2013.