District and sessions judge inspects paediatric ward of the MGM

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    Jamshedpur, Aug. 29 : The district and sessions judge Manoj Prasad on Tuesday inspected the paediatric ward of the MGM Medical College Hospital, which is in the eye of storm following deaths of saw over 100 of newborns during July-August.

    Prasad, who is also the chairman of East Singhbhum unit of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) was accompanied by SN Sikdar , the secretary of the legal body.

    Prasad started inspection at around 10.30 am during which Prasad went around the paediatric ward and also had a brief meeting with the hospital superintendent at the latter’s chamber. At the paediatric ward he inspected the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit ( NICU), which had registered the maximum number of deaths.

    Soon after the inspection Prasad told newsmen outside the hospital that he will submit his report to the Jharkhand High Court.

    He however refused to speak over the findings of the inspection. I have inspected the wards of the hospital. I will prepare my report and hand over at the high court. I cannot say anything right now,” he noted.

    Superintendent of MGM Medical College Hospital Bhartendu Bhushan confirmed that the district and sessions judge inspected NICU and spoke to the doctors. ” During his inspection the district judge wanted to know as to why more than one newborn was kept in an incubator.

    We showed the district judge all the four incubators and told him about our compulsion in keeping more than one newborn in a single incubator, ” the superintendent.

    The superintendent also informed the district judge that in July a total of 141 newborns were admitted at the NICU and post-natal intensive care unit (PICU).

    A three-member team constituted by state health department had also visited the M G M Hospital on Saturday to investigate the incidents.

    Meanwhile, the Congress continued to stage demonstration at Sakchi. The party demanded a judicial enquiry into the death of over 100 children. National spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said that they demand a high level judicial probe into the incidents.

    He also alleged that the Government is not serious in execution of health schemes in the State.

    Senior Congress leader SRA Rizwi Chabban, who also participated in the dharna said that the health infrastructure has deteriorated in entire Kolhan region.

    The Government has not been able to ensure proper strength of doctors in the three districts. He said that poor infrastructure coupled with lack of doctors has led to a debacle and people are falling prey to poor care.

    Jharkhand Human Rights Conference (JHRC), an organisation working for human rights, has demanded CBI investigation into the infant deaths.

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