BC Roy Hospital repeats: Infant dies,kin protest

Tension prevailed at Dr BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Tuesday morning after a baby died owing to alleged medical negligence.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 8, 2012 4:43:03 am

Tension prevailed at Dr BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Tuesday morning after a baby died owing to alleged medical negligence. Locals,along with the irate relatives,blocked the Narkeldanga Main Road for an hour in protest against the incident.

The patient — one-year-old baby Tridip Debnath — resident of New Town in Rajarhat,was admitted at the hospital on Saturday with pneumonia and encephalitis.

The patient was recovering well with treatment,but his condition deteriorated Monday night and he succumbed Tuesday morning.

Furious relatives claimed that no nurses and doctors were present at the paediatric ward when their kin’s condition turned critical. They also claimed that even security guards misbehaved with them when they tried to call the doctors .

They said the hospital authorities did not intimate them about the medicines and injections that would be required for the patient.

Hospital authorities,however,refuted the allegations of medical negligence and said that the patient was brought in a very critical condition.

It may be mentioned that few days back,chaos reigned at the hospital after an eight-month-old baby died owing to alleged medical negligence.

Dr Mala Bhattacharya,principal of the college,said that on an average five to six deaths occur per day in the hospital – which was nothing “abnormal”. In the last 24 hours,three babies died and they all were referred from various district hospitals.

She added that the patient was extremely critical and they had intimated the patient’s relatives about his condition.

She explained that the hospital gets about 70-80 cases referred from districts everyday,apart from patients who are brought to the hospital directly. Most of these referral cases are critically ill babies.

At present,the hospital has 400 beds. A 30-bed unit of sick neo-natal care was set up after the crib death incident in July. Despite the expansion,not much has been achieved in controlling crib deaths.

The state’s only referral hospital for children has been dogged by crib deaths from time to time,with 21 babies dying in 48 hours in July last year.

Take steps to prevent baby deaths,NCPCR to govt

Kolkata: Following the death of a number of infants in West Bengal government run hospitals in recent times,the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the state to spell out in detail steps taken to tackle the situation.

“We have sought the details from the state government on the measures initiated to tackle the situation. We will intervene in the matter only after receipt of the information from the state government,” NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo said in a statement today.

The NCPCR has asked for details like the mechanism put in place by the administration to deal with identification of high risk pregnancies and their timely referral and promotion of institutionalised deliveries.

The commission has also asked for the registration details of pregnant mothers from anganwadis for 75 deaths reported in Malda District Hospital between October one to November 23,2011 and deaths reported in B C Roy Hospital in Kolkata with their registration particulars. The apex child rights body also wants a status report on the number of newborns covered under the cashless service under each block.

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