GMSH-16 orders two probes into baby death

A day after a one-and-a-half-month-old baby died at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 (GMSH-16),allegedly due to negligence and delay in treatment,the hospital administration on Thursday ordered two separate inquiries into the incident.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:February 10, 2012 1:12 am

A day after a one-and-a-half-month-old baby died at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 (GMSH-16),allegedly due to negligence and delay in treatment,the hospital administration on Thursday ordered two separate inquiries into the incident.

According to sources,the administration has constituted one inquiry committee to ascertain if there were any lapses on the part of the doctors on duty — as have been alleged by the parents — leading to the baby’s death. The second committee,on the other hand,was constituted as part of the national protocol to ascertain if there were any negative effects of the immunisation that the child was administered on Wednesday.

While one Dr Bhalla will conduct the first probe and submit a report within a week,District Immunization Officer Dr Gurbachan Verma will conduct the other inquiry.

At the ESI dispensary,Ram Darbar — where the child was administered injections of DPT,Polio and Hepatitis — 44 other children were also administered the same injections. “They are also being monitored. So far,there has been no compliant of any adverse reaction from any child’s parents,” said a doctor.

Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline,Ladoo Tiwari — father of the baby — reiterated that when he reached the hospital around 4 pm,he went to the emergency medical officer (EMO) for help. The EMO,in turn,asked him to go to the pediatrics emergency ward. As there was no hospital attendant around to show him the way,he accidentally went to the surgical emergency ward. “From there,I went to the pediatrics emergency. By then,15-20 minutes had passed. But my child was still alive,he had vomited in between,” said Ladoo.

However,according to the footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the emergency wing,it was found that within eight minutes of the parents reaching the hospital,the baby was taken to the resuscitation room by doctors. While the footage shows that the parents arrived at 3.59 pm and the treatment began at 4.08 pm,the patient’s card made on Wednesday mentions that the baby was brought to the pediatrics emergency ward at 4.15 pm.

Meanwhile,the postmortem of the child was conducted on Thursday after a board comprising two forensic experts from Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 and a pediatrician from GMSH-16 was constituted for the purpose. “Preliminary impressions of the postmortem revealed that there was milk in the nostrils and lungs of the baby,which caused aspiration. However,exact details will be known only when the viscera report comes,” said Dr Rajesh Dhir,Officiating Deputy Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

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