A Madhubani resident Wednesday alleged that his newborn son died of “rat bite” at Bihar’s Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital. The nine-day-old child was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit with severe complications on Monday. Denying the allegation, the hospital authorities said the family was “confusing” the “injection mark with rodent bite.” Darbhanga DM, however, has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Bihar health minister Mangal Pandey said, “Primary information suggest rodent bite is not possible. But an inquiry has been ordered to find out the truth”.
According to the father Firan Choupal, the family saw the rat biting the baby. “After the baby developed some complications, we admitted him to paediatrics department ICU at DMCH. When we returned to the hospital on Tuesday morning, we saw a rat biting him. There was no nurse or any ward boy present in the ICU. When we called a nurse, she informed the child was dead.”
DMCH paediatrics department head Dr KN Mishra, however, said no rodent bite case has ever been reported in the hospital. “The mark on the child’s arm is that of an injection. We had taken his blood sample.” Choupal later met Darbhanga DM Kari Prasad Mahto, who ordered an inquiry into the matter.