Strict action will be taken against those responsible: Health Minister orders probe in case of death of four newborns in Ambikapur hospital

Raipur: Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister TS Singh Deo on Monday reached SNCU Ambikapur to investigate the reasons for the death of four newborns and the role of hospital management. He took detailed information regarding the case from officials concerned including district collector, superintendent of police, dean of medical college, medical superintendent, CMHO, hospital consultant, HOD and doctor on duty.

Describing the death of newborns as sensitive and serious, the minister directed to take strict action against those responsible and to submit the investigation report within 48 hours. He said that suspension action will be taken against those found guilty. Senior pediatrician Dr Khandelwal checked the ventilator and warmer of SNCU and took stock of the situation. All the equipments were found to be working properly during the test.

Taking serious note of the non-visiting of senior doctors at night during the enquiry, the Health Minister now instructed to prepare a monthly duty chart for night visits of a senior doctor every day. He asked the doctors on-call to reach immediately. He instructed the Dean and Medical Superintendent of the Medical College to strictly monitor the same. Along with this, he also instructed to prepare a list of how many doctors of the medical college do private practice and how many refer to private hospitals.

The minister said that the management will have to show seriousness about the breakdown of the electrical panel and negligence by the responsible people. Whatever the problem is, immediately inform the higher officer and the officer concerned should solve the problem immediately. Problems arising due to administrative reasons and negligence in resolving them on time will not be tolerated in any case. He gave stern warning not to take hospital work casually.

Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Ramanesh Murthy said that on December 5, four newborns died in the SNCU of Ambikapur between 5.30 am and 8.30 am. All the four newborns were admitted to SNCU with serious symptoms and were being treated by senior doctors.

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