Teacher pos­ing as doc kills kid with wrong jab

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

Bhopal: A gov­ern­ment teacher was moon­light­ing as a “doc­tor” in MP’s Din­dori district for years, and this shock­ing quack­ery went un­no­ticed un­til a seven-year-old boy died four days ago, al­legedly af­ter be­ing given a wrong in­jec­tion. The ac­cused, Son­awal Singh, has been sus­pended. Po­lice are wait­ing for the vic­tim’s vis­cera re­port to de­cide what ac­tion to take against him.

Din­dori chief med­i­cal and health of­fi­cer Dr R K Mehra told TOI that Singh was “nei­ther el­i­gi­ble, nor qual­i­fied to be a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner, and cer­tainly not au­tho­rized”.

The vic­tim, Anuj, lived in Kanakd­hara vil­lage in Gadasarai re­gion, about 31km from Din­dori district HQ, and Son­awal Singh is a teacher at gov­ern­ment pri­mary school in nearby Timki Tola vil­lage. The boy had high fever when his fam­ily took him to Singh — who was known as ‘dak­tar sahib’ in the area. The child died af­ter “treat­ment” on Septem­ber 19.

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