KARACHI: A settlement contract was signed between Qaiser Ali, father of deceased baby Nashwa and the administration of Darul Sehat Hospital (DUSH) on Wednesday. Nashwa died on April 22 after her condition deteriorated due to the wrong injection administered to her at DUSH. The hospital administration agreed to the conditions given by Ali who agreed to take back the case he had filed against the hospital management.
Nashwa's family held a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday. Ali, his lawyer, Muneer Ahmed and others were present on the occasion.
Ali said that they had been fighting for three things since day one of Nashwa's case. The earlier demands included sealing of DUSH, arrest of the hospital administration and an inquiry commission to look into the licence of the hospital. DUSH was sealed as part of the action taken during the case but it was later de-sealed on orders of the Sindh High Court.
"Unfortunately action is not taken in our society against injustices. I have always maintained the same position whenever I am asked about the apology letter - I don't have any greed for money," said Ali.
He informed that a settlement contract has been signed between the family and the DUSH administration. "We put three demands before the hospital administration," he said adding that the family has forgiven everyone for the sake of the Almighty.
Case registered against hospital for wrong treatment of infant
"I have recorded my statement on the basis of this settlement," said Ali.
The demands which were put forward for the settlement included the establishment of a pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Nashwa's name at the hospital, a Nashwa foundation which the hospital will get registered and will donate Rs5,000,000 to it annually. "All of these demands have been accepted by the hospital," confirmed Ali.
He added that the funds collected by the Nashwa foundation will be used for patients who have been affected by the negligence of other hospitals. Besides, two students will be given scholarships by the hospital each year. "The fulfillment of our demands will benefit others," said Ali.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2019.