Four infants die within 24 hours in Odisha hospital, probe initiated

Bhubaneswar, Sep 19 (IANS) Four babies died in the span of 24 hours at the extraordinary newborn consideration unit (SNCU) of area base camp medical clinic (DHH) of Keonjhar region, an authority said on Monday.

Following shock by local people and family members of the patients at the clinic, the state government has sent a group to the clinic for examination.

Addressing media people, boss locale clinical and general wellbeing official (CDM&PHO) Sujata Rani Mishra said, “Four children died at our SNCU in 24 hours. A state-level group is in the medical clinic and researching it.”

Mishra said that each of the four children were under treatment at the SNCU in extremely basic condition. Out of four, two were born in the emergency clinic while one more two were conceded in basic condition, she said.

Conceding that it involves ‘miserable’, the clinical official said, “A sum of 122 children have been conceded in our medical clinic over the most recent 18 days, of which 13 have died.”

She further said that 10% passing in SNCU is ordinary as children are being conceded in the unit with extremely wiped out conditions. “We are making an honest effort for their endurance,” added Mishra.

As per sources, one of the newborn children died on Saturday night and three died on Sunday. This set off agitation among local people who have blamed the emergency clinic specialists.

Local people as well as irate guardians on Sunday arranged a fomentation on the emergency clinic premises claiming that the newborn children surrendered as they were not provided with oxygen on time and there was no specialist to take care of them.

“There was no specialist when our youngster was confessed to the emergency clinic. We are not permitted into the SNCU and they are likewise not illuminating about their medical issue on time,” claimed Priyanka Muduli, a relative of, an in the kid emergency clinic.

In any case, Mishra disproved the claims and said there is no way of any carelessness in the basic consideration unit as specialists and staff attendants are being sent there nonstop, according to standards.

Pediatrician was likewise working at SNCU on that evening, who had visited the children as well, said Mishra, adding, “I don’t know whether there was an absence of coordination among the clinical staff as I was out of station. Everything will be known after the examination, she added.