Inquiry Report Indicts MS

‘Power Failure May Have Led To Deaths’

INFANTS DEATHS IN BARAMULLA HOSPITAL

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Dec 17: A committee probing the cause of two infant deaths in District Hospital Baramulla Monday indicted four hospital officials including Medical Superintendent and a generator operator in its report and said that power failure might have contributed to the fatalities.
 Official sources said the Health and Medical Education Department has terminated an NRHM nurse while as Medical Superintendent of the Hospital and a Generator Operator have been attached after the inquiry report held them negligent of their duties. “Further, a pediatrician would face a deduction in his yearly salary increment as his name also figures in the list of responsible officials,” they said.
 “The Medical Superintendent of the Hospital has been attached to the Sub-district Hospital, Sogam and the generator operator to the MS Office at District Hospital Anantnag (Islamabad),” sources said. 
 The report submitted to the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir by the Committee said “the power generator failed to start the emergency services in the hospital that made the environment unfavorable for the sick neonates put on the baby warmers and incubators.”
 However, the report refused to accept power failure as the only reason for the infant deaths. “It (power failure) may have contributed to the deaths. The infants were suffering from life-threatening diseases and have been in a critical condition in the special newborn care unit right from the birth,” it said.
 The report said that there was a time gap of two hours between the two deaths. “We can't say lack of power was the sole reason for the death.”
 The report that was completed within 24 hours today.
 Last week, (on December 14) two infants died in a district hospital Baramulla, allegedly due to non-availability of electricity for over two hours. The infants’ families have alleged that the babies were on critical care support when the electricity supply went off. The hospital officials allegedly didn't turn the generator on for two hours on Friday evening.  
 “The babies died because there was no staff in the hospital, nobody to turn on the generator, where is the staff?” the family alleged.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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