Magisterial probe indicts doctor, nurse, generator operator


Baramulla, Jan 11: Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Baramulla has completed the magisterial probe into the death of neonates at district hospital Baramulla establishing that both the new-born babies died due to hypothermia.
 Basing its report on the eyewitness accounts, statement of attendants of neonates and log book, the probe panel has indicted a doctor, a nurse and the generator operator of negligence leading to the death of neonates.
 The report has also charged the then medical superintendent of the hospital of administrative lapse.
 The report according to authorities had been submitted to the state government for further action. However, it is to be seen weather the authorities will treat the act punishable under 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the CrPC.
 Pertinently, state government ordered magisterial probe into the death of neonates after the death evoked widespread condemnation.
 The neonates were admitted soon after their birth on December 14 in the newly set up special new born care unit (SNCU) of Baramulla district hospital for some sickness.
 During the intervening night of December 14/15, the power supply of the special care unit went of, however, no one from the hospital staff started the generator despite repeated pleas from the infants families.
 The family of the infants had accused the hospital administration of showing grave negligence by not starting the generator of the newly set up special new born care unit (SNCU) for around four hours after the power supply of the unit was snapped.
 In the absence of electricity, both the neonates suffered acute hypothermia and later died. The death of neonates evoked strong protest in the Baramulla and people from different quarters condemned the hospital authorities’ attitude.
 Infuriated by the death of neonates, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had ordered the probe into the deaths and warned the doctors and the paramedics to work with sincerity and dedication or face action.
 The probe authority has also recommended putting in place a transfer policy for doctors as also providing adequate number of medicos to the district hospital Baramulla.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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