Karaikal boy’s death: Two govt hospital doctors suspended | Puducherry News – Times of India


PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry government has placed chief medical officer S Vijayakumar and medical officer (general duty) Balaji Thiruvandadam of Karaikal Government General Hospital under suspension on charges of medical negligence in treating a boy who was allegedly poisoned by his classmate’s mother.
In an order dated September 9, secretary (health) C Udaya Kumar stated that the government had contemplated disciplinary proceedings against Vijayakumar and Balaji and hence placed the two doctors under suspension.
Kumar instructed both the doctors that they should remain in Karaikal during the period of suspension and should not leave the headquarters without obtaining his permission.
The boy, identified as R Balamanikandan, a Class 8 student in a private school, was admitted to hospital on September 2 and died the next day. His parents and relatives charged that he had died because of medical negligence of the doctors and paramedical staff members in the government hospital.
The government constituted a three-member medical committee headed by Rajiv Gandhi Government Women and Children Hospital RMO Dr R Murali to probe the allegation. The committee submitted a report a couple of days ago after conducting a detailed probe.
J Sagayarani Victoriya, 42, reportedly poisoned and killed her daughter’s classmate Balamanikandan because the boy always topped in academic and extracurricular activities. The woman was arrested on Sunday.
Police said the woman was envious that the boy always had done better than her daughter. The woman told one of the watchmen of the school that she was Balamanikandan’s mother and asked him to hand over two bottles of soft drinks — allegedly laced with poison — to the boy after he took part in the rehearsal of a cultural event on Friday for the school’s annual day celebrations.
A one-day bandh, called by various forums, was observed in Karaikal on Friday condemning the alleged poisoning of the boy by his classmate’s mother.
Meanwhile, the government has allotted a house to the kin of the boy through the slum clearance board.





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