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FIR lodged against Senapati Hospital for baby’s unattended delivery and death

IMPHAL | Sept 15 : A newborn child died 10 minutes after he was delivered in a corner of Senapati district hospital yesterday midnight allegedly due to the negligence of doctor and nurses on duty.

An FIR was lodged by victim family this morning against doctors and nurses for their alleged negligence which resulted in the death of the baby. A police investigation is being carried out at the time of reporting.

According to family sources, H. Loha, mother of the baby, was brought to the hospital by his spouse, Puni for delivery at 11. 50 PM. The parents of the deceased child hail from remote Chaowainamai Khunou village which is at a distance of about 2 and a half hour away from the Senapati district headquarter.

On arriving, the couple asked a receptionist where they could find the doctors. They were asked to go to Room No. 36. But when they reached the room, no doctor or nurse was found in the room, the sources said. With no option left, the mother helplessly delivered the baby in a corner of the hospital and cut the umbilical cord with a piece of a bamboo themselves. However, ten minutes later without proper medical attention, the baby died.

While the baby lay dead at the corner of the hospital unattended till dawn breaks, the mother was admitted to the hospital only after 7: 30 am, the family source said. The condition of the mother is said to be stable.

Dr. Loli, chief medical officer (CMO) of the hospital said, as per preliminary investigation it was found that the staffs on duty were asleep and did not respond in time. Informing that two nurses, a doctor and a grade-IV were on duty when the incident happened, the CMO said disciplinary action will be taken against the staffs for dereliction of duty after consulting the higher authority.

He further said that the authority will extend necessary help to the victim’s family.

The victim family initially refused to take back the body of the child and demand justice to the victim family within three days. Later, the family claimed the body following the assurance from the hospital authority to take action against the erring staffs.

~IFP

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