HC seeks report on infant deaths
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