January 18, 2009 3:29:41 am
In yet another incident of abandoning children in the Sir Sayajirao General Hospital,newborn twin girls have been left unattended in the hospital for the last five days.
According to the hospital authorities,the babies belong to a tribal couple from Narmada district.
The parents have abandoned the twins,reportedly because they already have five daughters.
While the hospital authorities and the police have not yet traced the parents,the infants have been admitted in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the paediatric ward for five days.
Hospital officials said that one Babli Vasava had delivered the twins at the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Narmada district on January 11.
The children were referred to the SSG Hospital the same day,as they were underweight.
They were brought here on Sunday by their father,Motilal Vasava and some relatives. Both the babies were immediately admitted,while their mother was brought to the hospital on January 12, said Dr B Javedekar,Head of Paediatric Department.
While the relatives left after some time,the couple moved out on January 13.
We have no concrete details as to when they left the hospital premises.
It was from the papers and documents they filled up before admitting the children that we came to know the family already had five girls. They belong to Motasukha Ambagaon village in Narmada, said Javedekar.
After waiting for the parents for 48 hours,the paediatric ward officials informed the Medico Legal Officer (MLO) and the Dediyapara police station on January 14.
There have been cases earlier where newborn babies were abandoned due to financial or social reasons. But in most cases,the parents were traced within a few days. If the parents are not traced in this incident,we will have to give the children to the Nari Sanrakshan Gruh, Javedekar added.
A paediatrician at the hospital said it was essential that a newborn gets his/her mothers touch and care.
Even with the latest technology available,it becomes difficult for newborn babies to survive (in the absence of the mother), the paediatrician added.
On October 16 last year,the paediatric ward had reported the death of a two-day-old baby after it was abandoned by the parents at the hospital.
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