An FIR was lodged against doctors and nurses of Senapati district hospital on Saturday over the death of a newborn baby, ten minutes after being delivered, allegedly due to staff negligence yesterday.
According to a family member, H Loha, mother of the baby, was brought to the hospital by her husband, Puni, for delivery at 11.50 pm. The couple hails from remote Chaowainamai Khunou village, about two-and-a-half kilometres away from the Senapati district headquarter.
On arriving, the couple asked the receptionist for a doctor and were asked to go to Room no 36. However, when they reached the room, there was no one to attend to the patient, a source said. Devoid of any other option, the mother helplessly delivered the baby at a corner in the hospital and the umbilical cord had to be cut using a piece of bamboo. Ten minutes later, the baby died.
While the baby lay dead, unattended till dawn break, the mother was admitted to the hospital only after 7.30 am, the source said. The condition of the mother is said to be stable.
Dr Loli, the chief medical officer (CMO) of the hospital, said as per the preliminary investigation, it was found that the staff on duty were asleep and did not respond in time. Informing that two nurses, a doctor, and a grade-IV staff were on duty when the incident happened, the CMO said disciplinary action would be taken against the staff for dereliction of duty after consulting higher authority.
He added that the authority would extend necessary help to the victim’s family.
The victim’s family initially refused to take back the body of the child and demanded justice within three days. Later, the family claimed the body following an assurance from the hospital authority that action will be taken against the erring staff.