Newborn dies in absence of doctors in Odisha hospital

Published: 12th September 2016 06:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2016 06:28 AM   |  A+A-

JAGATSINGHPUR: A three-day-old child died in District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) for want of medical attention on Saturday night.

Sources said Swagatika Mohanty of Chadeigaon under Jagatsinghpur police limits was admitted in the DHH for delivery on Thursday. She delivered a male child and a few hours later, the mother and child were discharged by a doctor allegedly without examining the child’s condition.

Newborn dies.jpgOn Saturday, the child got choked during feeding. His parents rushed him to DHH where there was no doctor in emergency or paediatric wards. The couple also visited the doctor’s residence only to learn that he was on leave and not at home. They approached another paediatric specialist at a private clinic who declared the child brought dead. The doctor stated that the child died due to jaundice. Irate villagers ransacked the DHH. Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

Beleswar Sahu, the child’s father, alleged that non-availability of doctors has led to his son’s death. He has filed a complaint at Jagatsinghpur police station against the doctor, nurse and attendants.

Jagatsinghpur police station IIC Debendra Kumar Mallick said a case has been registered and investigation is on.

Chief District Medical officer (in charge) Maheswar Pradhan said as per postmortem report, the child died due to choking and respiration problem and probe has been initiated.

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