Holy Family Hospital suspends 5 staffers, 4 doctors after rat bites newborn

Published: November 27, 2012
Nurse in charge, two nurses and two sanitary workers were suspended. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

Nurse in charge, two nurses and two sanitary workers were suspended. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID

The administration at the Holy Family Hospital on Tuesday suspended five staffers and four doctors after a rat scratched and bit a newborn in the gynaecology ward on Monday, Express News reported.

According to Express News correspondent Adnan Mukhtar, the nurse in-charge, two nurses and two sanitary workers were suspended during a meeting of the administration, which is currently discussing as to whose negligence led to the incident.

Medical Superintendent Captain Fayyaz said that previously another child was scratched by a rat, but had survived. He questioned how the rat reached the beds in the ward.

The deputy medical superintendent at the hospital said that it was not in their authority to suspend grade-17 or above doctors.

After the incident occurred yesterday senior hospital officials had clarified that the deceased baby was stillborn.

After the delivery, the doctors shifted the mother, Rahila Bibi, to the gynaecology ward and kept the baby in the nursery.

HFH Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Muhammad Fiaz had announced that a four-member inquiry committee comprising Additional MS (AMS) Dr Tariq Masood Niazi, Administration Deputy (MS) Dr Farooq Khasana, AMS Asima Ahsan and Nursing Superintendent Prem Rose would meet on Tuesday to determine if staff negligence led to the injury.

The Punjab government though issued a notice late on Tuesday that all hospitals in the province must be cleared of rodents and other animals within a fortnight.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Dee
    Nov 27, 2012 - 1:14PM

    What about the rats?


  • Haroon Rashid
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Holy Family Hospital has the responsibility of a public health as well. Whatever happened due to negiligence, lack of standards for public health/hygiene, inspection, vigilance, leaves many question marks for the hospital, its competency, mangement, staff, for the patience and Pakistan.
    It is not the sad issue of the children, but issue of public health in the hospital. Rats I’m certain will be in the kitchen, food service, area. Debris, and left over food disposal area. Drains, washroom commode, Indian commode, and human faeces etc.
    I suggest the hospital should embark on a national campaign of public health in health, hospitals, eatries, restaurants, cafeteria, for general awareness for precaution.
    I have a manual on public health which is an excellent reference from McGrawHill on public health which I would like to donate to the management of the hospital to teach, and learn about public health. God Bless all of us.


  • JS
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:51PM

    So now rats our literally eating our children…and you thought it couldn’t get any worse….


  • Nov 27, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Good decision.


  • Yousaf Ali
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Rawalpindi people know about the pathetic condition of that hospital.


  • Rehman
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Why not just appoint Provincial health minister? Instead keeping it to your self “Khadim-e-Aala”? During your tenure punjab public has faced many problems related to health.


  • Bilal.
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:55PM

    300 die of dengue.100 heart patients die of medicines,16 die of cough syrup and now this. students does suicide coz of error from education deoartment!rapid transit zindabad.Shabaz sharif zindabad!!Recommend

  • Sane Voice
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:25PM


    just wait and Imran khan will kill all these rats in 19, 90, or 190 days.


  • Shakir Lakhani
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:27PM

    This news item should clearly say that it is Rawalpindi’s Holy Family Hospital and not the HFH in Karachi.


  • Mehboob
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:54PM

    So sorry to hear the news of death of a child due to rat bite. I think they were waiting for this to happen. This act of suspending staffers is useless. Stern action should be taken against MS of this hospital. What is the duty of MS?? Why in our nation always the lowest and weak gets punished and the powerful and responsible authorities/officers go away free.
    Am very sorry for the bereaved family :(


  • why......
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:28PM

    khadim-e-ala needs to do some work as wazeere sehat as he holds that portfolio as well…….!!!!!
    first cough syrup deaths and now new born nany killed by rats……
    “Aur dukh hain zamanay main Metro buses kay siwa”……!!!!


  • Zeeshan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:49PM



  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:06PM

    ET, Thank you for calling the hospital by its real name !


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:26AM

    The good governance in Punjab at work is even worse than bad governance in Sindh.


  • huma
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:02PM

    oh so the doctors now do cleaners jobs in hospitals too ,probably the MS thought so ,being so used to them cleaning their bosses houses routinely


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