Height of irresponsibility?
Neonates die, hospital admin sleeps
Shocking! Two neonates died in a special care unit of a hospital in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town after electricity went off and hospital authorities did not bother to switch on the generator for more than four hours. Two neonates were left to fend for themselves in sub-zero temperature. Tender souls couldn’t bear the chill and lost their lives before the hospital authorities could wake up.
Family members of the victims ran from pillar to post to locate the concerned but everyone was fast asleep. No one paid any heed towards their pleas till the tragedy struck.
No sane person can justify such a grave negligence. One fails to understand that how can those manning the health institution sleep and not wake up despite there being an emergency. One can understand that there can be a delay of a few minutes to switch on the generator, but how come it was not switched on for more than four hours?
How can officials leave patients this way? Are there no officials deployed in the hospital who keep a watch over what is happening?
Newspaper reports suggest that three nurses who were imparted special training to handle the special unit in the district hospital, too were not present. One wonders how come hospital authorities had allowed all the three nurses to take off on that fateful day? Had even one of the nurses been present this tragedy could have been averted.
Hospital administration would have to answer all these questions and those at the helm have to explain their lackadaisical approach.
These deaths have once again brought to fore the ugly face of the healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir. Probably JK may be the only state where neonates died due to electricity going off. People putting up in other places would find it hard to believe that electricity goes off in hospitals in Kashmir for more than four hours.
JK Health Minister was recently trumpeting that state has been ranked as No.1 in healthcare. Is this the healthcare he was talking about?
Government as usual would order a probe and some heads may roll but point is that are probes and shifting people enough?
One can feel the pain of the families who lost their neonates. How can those at the helm compensate their loss? No power on earth can do it. Their loss is irreparable. May Allah give them strength to bear this loss.
People who run the health institutions need to have a human heart and should be able administrators. No healthy person visits a hospital, only ailing and sick go there. These people need care and affection. Hospital employees need to bear in mind that they are responsible people and they are paid for their services. It is their duty to ensure that patients get all the facilities and they don’t suffer.
The government needs to understand that irresponsible people need to be shown the door. There should be no place for complacent people in the health institutions. Two neonates dying due to authorities failing to switch on the generator is a criminal negligence and guilty should be given exemplary punishment. If Government fails to act it would make people believe that rulers are least bothered about them.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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