Family entitled compensation for child’s death by medical negligence: Human Rights Commission

Fuvahmulah Hospital | Photo: Fuvahmulah Hospital

Malé, Maldives – Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) on Monday released the report regarding the death of 6 year old child at Fuvahmulah Hospital in October 2021.

The case was submitted to the Maldives Police Service and HRCM by the victim’s family under suspicion of medical negligence.

HRCM report notes that,

  • An investigation was conducted by Health Ministry’s Quality Assurance department, with results shared with the Medical and Dental Association.
  • Licenses were suspended for the two medical officers accountable for the case with one removed from the country.
  • The Ministry probe and ongoing criminal investigation by the police indicate relevant actions were taken following the death.
  • Family of the victim are due compensation and has the right to pursue such through the court system.

On 3 October 2021, a 6 year old girl was taken to the hospital exhibiting symptoms of stomach ache and vomiting, following which doctors prescribed the wrong medication without reading her medical history or conducting investigations per-protocol resulting in her death.

The family of the child are now pursuing legal action under a pro bono case by Public Interest Law Centre.

PILC also represented the family of a Bangladeshi child who was killed in a construction accident.