HC seeks re­port on in­fant deaths

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THE BANSWARA DISTRICT HOSPI­TAL HAS RECORDED THE DEATHS OF AT LEAST 90 NEW­BORNS IN JULY AND AU­GUST

suo moto cog­nizance of the death of at least 90 in­fants in two months at MG Hospi­tal in Banswara district, the Ra­jasthan High Court on Thurs­day sought a re­sponse from the state gov­ern­ment. The court has also asked for a sta­tus re­port on the rea­sons be­hind the deaths and avail­abil­ity of med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at the hospi­tal.

The di­vi­sion bench of Chief Jus­tice Pradeep Nan­dra­jog and Jus­tice Ram­chan­dra Singh Jhala is­sued no­tices to the health sec­re­tary, Banswara district col­lec­tor and chief med­i­cal and health of­fi­cer. The state gov­ern­ment’s ad­di­tional ad­vo­cate gen­eral, SS Ladrecha, has been asked to sub­mit the re­port by Oc­to­ber 30.

Earlier, Jus­tice Gopalkr­ishna Vyas had also or­dered the sec­re­tary of Ra­jasthan Le­gal Ser­vice Author­ity to in­ves­ti­gate the death of the in­fants. When the probe re­port found neg­li­gence on the part of the hospi­tal, he sent the re­port to the Chief Jus­tice.

The Banswara district hospi­tal recorded the deaths of 90 new­borns in July and Au­gust. Sev­eral of them died due to birth as­phyxia. Birth as­phyxia is a med­i­cal con­di­tion re­sult­ing from de­pri­va­tion of oxy­gen to a new­born dur­ing the birth process.

Earlier, HT had re­ported the find­ings of the probe com­mit­tee formed by health min­is­ter Kali Cha­ran Saraf. The re­port was sub­mit­ted to the gov­ern­ment on Septem­ber 4 and based on it, Saraf sus­pended three doc­tors and put five on await­ing post­ing or­ders. Dis­ci­plinary ac­tion has been ini­ti­ated against three doc­tors and four nurs­ing staff.

The four-mem­ber team, headed by Dr SM Mit­tal, found that though the hospi­tal has eight gy­nae­col­o­gists, the nurs­ing staff was per­form­ing most of the de­liv­er­ies. This could also be a rea­son for in­fant deaths, the re­port said. The gy­nae­col­o­gists were not there in the labour room ex­cept in case of cae­sare­ans. It also came to no­tice that chil­dren born through caesarean were not reg­u­larly checked by pae­di­a­tri­cians. The com­mit­tee also found that oxy­tocin was be­ing used to in­duce early labour. As per rules, it should be used only when nec­es­sary.

of the en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, who com­mit­ted sui­cide after stab­bing the di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tute on Tues­day, have filed a com­plaint against the col­lege man­age­ment for pro­vok­ing him to com­mit the act.

On Tues­day, a fourth-year stu­dent of Techno NJR Col­lege, Udaipur, Bavik Jain com­mit­ted sui­cide after stab­bing the di­rec­tor of his en­gi­neer­ing in­sti­tute, RS Vyas. Bavik at­tacked Vyas with a knife after he was de­nied per­mis­sion to ap­pear for job place­ment in­ter­views be­ing held at the col­lege.

Bavik had failed to clear a few sub­jects and hence was not el­i­gi­ble for place­ment in­ter­views. He had a heated ar­gu­ment with Vyas be­fore the stab­bing.

Stu­dents of the col­lege, too, blamed the col­lege man­age­ment and said that they were men­tally ha­rass­ing them and have given their state­ments to the po­lice against the man­age­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice handed over Bavik’s body to his par­ents after an au­topsy.

After the at­tack, Bavik fled the scene and Vyas was rushed to Gi­tan­jali Hospi­tal with se­vere ab­dom­i­nal in­juries. The po­lice then launched a man hunt for Jain but his body was later fished out of Lake Pi­chola.

The in­jured di­rec­tor is still un­der treat­ment and is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, Bavik’s fa­ther, Ma­hen­dra Jain, reached the mor­tu­ary, along with 50 other rel­a­tives, and staged a protest against the in­ci­dent. They raised slo­gans against the col­lege man­age­ment and de­manded strict ac­tion against them blam­ing them for abet­ment of Bavik’s sui­cide. Soon stu­dents of Techno NJR Col­lege reached the mor­tu­ary and joined the protest against the man­age­ment, said ASI Yash­want Singh said.

Singh said that on the ba­sis of Ma­hen­dra’s com­plaint un­der sec­tion 306 (Abet­ment of Sui­cide) a probe has been started into the mat­ter.

ON TUES­DAY, A FOURTHYEAR STU­DENT OF TECHNO NJR COL­LEGE, UDAIPUR, COM­MIT­TED SUI­CIDE AFTER STAB­BING THE DI­REC­TOR OF HIS EN­GI­NEER­ING IN­STI­TUTE

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