Government may take action against doctors on deaths of new-borns issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 12:39:03

Staff Reporter,

The State Government is resented over death of more than 2,671 new-borns in a year after discharging them from Sick New-born Care Unit. It has raised many questions at the time when health department is making efforts to bring down Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in State. The Government that has released a list of those consultants either who got deliveries performed or examined the new-borns may take action against these doctors, if not satisfied of their replies over deaths of 2,671 new-borns in a year after of discharging from Sick New-borns Care Unit (SNCU).

According to sources in National Health Mission (NHM), recently a meeting of the senior officers was held on this issue and decided to take action against the doctors. The doctors had to follow-up these new-borns till one year. New-borns should be discharged when they feel completely healthy. “Many times, the doctors discharge new-borns from SNCU when get some relief from the body complications. It is the reason why after one or two months the infants developed some more body complications and in delay of proper treatment, the infants are died, said a senior health officer in NHM.

As per report of the NHM, maximum deaths of new-borns were occur in Brwani, tribal dominated district and then Damoh with 50 deaths. Vidisha ,29, Chhatarpur 36, Sagar 27, Shahdol 31, Jhabua 20, Bhind 10, Hoshangabad 11, Dewas 10, Sehore 10, Anooppur 11, Panna 11, Sidhi 12, Guna 9, Alirajpur 9, Singrauli 3, Umaria 4, Dindori 3 and Ujjain 6, Mandla 2.

It is learnt the National Health Mission has set up a separate cell to weekly, monthly monitoring. Weekly reports from the district hospitals and Block Medical Officers are called. However, the figures of the consultants and the Regional Child Survival Co-ordinator (RCSC) are different. As per RCSC the deaths of new-borns are just 176 while the report of the consultants show death of 379 new-borns at the same period. The difference of the statistics is not in only one report, it was seen in earlier reports also.

When contacted V Kiran Gopal, Director, National Health Mission said the detailed reports of the districts where new-borns died after discharging from SNCU were called to see whether there was lacuna in discharging new-borns. We want to strengthen the system and when the new-born seems to be fully healthy be discharged, he said.