Infant deaths shock Baramulla

ALTAF BABA

Baramulla, Dec 15: Death of two infants in the newly set up Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) in district hospital Baramulla on Friday has sent shockwaves in this north Kashmir town. 
 Two neonates died after the hospital authorities failed to provide the electricity to the SNCU unit for 4 hours.
 Sources said that two women hailing from Sheeri and Dardpora Baramulla gave birth to two babies on Friday. “The new born babies were suffering from asphyxia and the hospital authorities decided to place them under observation in the SNCU,” they added.
 Grief stricken parents of the neonates told Greater Kashmir that at around 5 am on Friday the electricity of the SNCU went off and the hospital authorities did not bother to start the generator for at least four hours leading the death of both the neonates. “Despite our repeated pleas to start the generator the on duty officials remained unmoved. Both the infants died due to the acute hypothermia” said Tariq Ahmed father of one of the infants.
 “We saw our babies dying in front of our eyes. The two doctors deployed for the night duty did not bother to visit the ward. Where were they? Why paramedics of the unit did not inform the on duty doctors” questioned Tariq.
 While demanding stern action against the hospital authorities parents and relatives of the infants lodged a strong protest on Saturday and demanded immediate inquiry in to the incident.
 Repeated attempts to contact the Director Health, Chief Medical Officer Baramulla and the Block Medical Officer proved futile.


Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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