A NEWBORN died at Mainpuri District Women Hospital by falling into the dustbin, allegedly due to the negligence of the nurse on duty, on Sunday.
While the Mainpuri chief medical officer (CMO) has ordered an inquiry into the matter and recommended action against the nurse, the latter has claimed that the baby was stillborn.
Shivani Srivastava (27) from Bhogaon area of Mainpuri was brought to the hospital for the delivery of her first child on Sunday afternoon. She developed labour pains in the evening when nurses were supposed to change duty.
Her mother-in-law Suman, an eyewitness to the incident, claimed nurse Saroj — whose shift was about to end at 8 pm — left Shivani in the labour room, as she was in a hurry to leave. “I kept on pleading with the nurse to look at my daughter-in-law but she didn’t paid heed. Soon, Shivani delivered a boy. Before I could rush to the labour room, the baby fell into the dustbin kept under the bed and died,” said Suman.
When Suman and her relatives tried to contact nurse Sheela — who had taken over from Saroj — she reportedly claimed she was not responsible for the incident.
“I lost my baby due to the sheer negligence of the hospital staff,” said Shivani’s husband Manoj. He added that his wife was in trauma.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Mainpuri CMO K K Sharma said he has received a complaint from Shivani’s family and an inquiry has been ordered. “I have been told by the hospital staff that the baby was stillborn. But in any case, one cannot neglect the fact that the child fell into the dustbin. I have written to the additional director (Health), recommending action against the nurses involved. They have also been relieved from duty,” he added.