Three babies die due to alleged lack of oxygen at Raipur hospital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2017 08:28:07


Staff Reporter,


It is alleged that cylinder operator Ravi Chandra in an inebriated condition slept during duty thus disrupting the oxygen supply to the emergency ward State Govt constitutes 4-member probe panel headed by Director of Medical Education

Close on the heels of oxygen supply disruption causing deaths of children in Uttar Pradesh, 3 children in Chhattisgarh are alleged to have met with the same fate in the State-run Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH) in the state capital. However Principal Secretary, Health, Subrat Sahoo has ruled out that disruption was the reason for death that too without conducting the post mortem of the children.

Soon after the reports of three children, admitted in the paediatric ward of the hospital, died due to disruption in oxygen supply spread there was much hue and cry. According to information three children died on Sunday in the state run medical college hospital after the oxygen supply was allegedly disrupted for half an hour because of which the incident occurred.

Though the hospital management earlier denied of any such mishap but sources informed that the cylinder operator identified as Ravi Chandra in an inebriated condition slept during duty thus disrupting the oxygen supply to the emergency ward.

Three children who were on ventilator died for want of oxygen. The children have been identified as baby of Shraddha who died at 12.30 pm, baby of Pushpa died at 1.20 pm and baby of Mamta died at 10. 30 pm on Sunday. The children were admitted in the hospital for past couple of days due to paediatric complications including low birth weight, respiratory problems, premature birth and other complications.

However according to doctors, the institution is a centrally oxygenated one and has back up of oxygen cylinders that start functioning automatically on the event of crisis. So there cannot be such a crisis.

Later addressing a press conference Principal Secretary said that reservoir level became low and then a doctor on duty personally checked the supply. No kind of short supply or disruption was found on last Sunday afternoon. One of the hospital workers identified as Ravi Chandra was on duty in the oxygen plant so he was given a call, but there was no response from his side. Later he was found in an inebriate state and medical examination of his condition was done under police supervision and he was arrested, said Sahu.

Sahoo reasserted that there was no hindrance in oxygen supply. Sahoo maintained that the reasons behind the death of three children were low birth weight and complications and respiratory failure. He also mentioned that babies were on ventilators that are stand-alone arrangements so no chance of any disruption.

Replying to a query by The Hitavada, Sahoo admitted that such sensitive matter of child deaths befits probe and also that post-mortem can conclude about the exact reasons based on which responsibilities can be fixed. To a query as to why the post-mortem was not conducted Sahoo said that post-mortem will be done and this is a routine procedure in case of suspicious deaths.

He said that after the death, parents of the children claimed the bodies after having admitted that the deaths were natural. The principal secretary also stated that a probe will be done at DME level.

The dereliction in duty by the operator was a known fact to the hospital management but even then no disciplinary action was taken by the hospital management. Meanwhile Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh who is on a tour to Delhi has taken serious cognizance of the matter and has directed the health officials for a probe into the matter.

He said that no guilty will be spared. He said that it was extremely unfortunate that such an incident occurred in the state and that he is deeply disturbed by the incident.