25 children died in last 3 months

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 15:37:48


Our Correspondent,


Aug 5,

In a shocking revelation, 25 children have lost their lives in last three months during treatment in District Hospital. The statistics is startling but the reason of the death is unknown. Whatever may be the reasons but the staggering death figures have raised question mark on the efficiency and quality of treatment at District Hospital. According to information, the children were admitted in the hospital for some ailments and they died during treatment. It is alleged that children died as they did not get proper medical care and treatment on time.

At present, there is no child specialist in district hospital. In absence of child specialist, doctors from Manendragarh and Surajpur render their services for three days in a week in district hospital. In such a situation, heavy rush of patients is witnessed in OPD and they have to wait for long time in queue.District officials said, they had demanded appointment of child specialist in the hospital. Child specialist posted in district  hospital retired 3 months ago and one more doctor left the hospital.

On the directive of Collector, a doctor posted in Manendragarh has been asked to provide services for three days in district hospital. People are enraged due to shortage of doctors at district hospital. The reason behind the death of children is stated to be unavailability of proper treatment. As per report, 228 children were brought to district hospital for treatment in last three months. Out of them 146 children were treated and got well, 44 children were referred and 25 lost their lives.

Doctors spend more time in Sick Newborn Children’s Unit (SNCU) rather than OPD. Therefore, the number of children suffering from seasonal diseases is increasing at a rapid rate in the hospital. If doctors are not appointed on time, the statistics of death may increase further.There are 12 incubators installed in SNCU in which premature babies are kept. Due to fluctuation of current 9 incubators developed snag as there is no earthing provided. Meanwhile, S S Paikra, CMHO said that after retirement of the doctor patients faced inconvenience. A letter has been sent to 
government for appointment of child specialist.