The death of a newborn baby boy sparked off protest by his family at Dev Hospital, Chandigarh road, on Sunday. The kin of the baby alleged negligence on the part of doctors of the hospital. The family protested and vandalised the hospital property.
Talking to Newsline, Aftab Alam, grandfather of the baby, alleged, “On February 25, my daughter-in-law gave birth to a healthy baby. He was completely normal but on Wednesday he developed some breathing problem. A specialist from CMCH was called who inserted some pipes in baby’s mouth and nose. Earlier, the doctors of this hospital claimed that the baby is dead but CMCH doctor inserted pipes and he started crying. On Thursday, the hospital staff took out that pipe and inserted a new one and after that baby started bleeding profusely from nose and mouth. The bleeding continued and we told doctors to let us shift the baby as they lack facilities but they did not allow. On Saturday evening when the baby was almost dead, doctors here said that now we can shift him if we want.”
He added that the “baby was taken to Apollo Hospital late Saturday evening where doctors said that he is almost dead and on Sunday morning he was declared dead”.
Following the complaint of the family against the hospital, division number 7 police registered a case. Karamjit Singh, Sub-Inspector, division number 7 police station, said, “We are investigating the case and post-mortem of baby has been done at Civil Hospital. We are waiting for report to take further action.”
Dr Ritu Dhingra, from Dev Hospital, said, “The baby died in Apollo Hospital, not in our hospital.”