Parents irked at treatment meted out to boy hit by ‘H1N1 flu’

March 21, 2014 - 2:55:06 am

DOHA: A boy suspected to be infected with H1N1 is being treated at Hamad General Hospital, Al Sharq reports.

About 10 days ago, the child was taken to Al Sadd paediatric emergency with high fever and was given medication for normal cold, the daily reported, quoting the parents.

The child was later taken to a private hospital after his condition deteriorated. There he received treatment for a few days for a lung infection and was later discharged, with instructions to continue medication at home.

However, the parents on Tuesday afternoon took him back to Al Saad paediatric emergency, where he was admitted for further treatment. The next afternoon he was transferred to Hamad General Hospital, said the daily.

Following medical tests the doctors informed the parents last morning about a suspected H1N1 infection. The parents, however, alleged that the child was not immediately isolated but kept in a room with three other children. 

This upset the parents of the other children, who complained to the hospital staff, said the daily. Finally the child was transferred to another room.

The parents and relatives who were in close contact with the child requested to be tested at the hospital, but the staff in charge allegedly asked them to go to the emergency unit, which was crowded.

By that time, the mother and sister of the child had developed flu-like symptoms, but they were asked go to the emergency unit, said the daily.

Family members told the daily that they were surprised at the way they were handled by the hospital. THE PENINSULA

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