4 infants die in an hour in Maharashtra hospital, MNS beats up doc

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Four premature babies, who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit of a government- run hospital at Amravati in Maharashtra, died in the early hours on Monday.

The parents of the children alleged negligence, after which some activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena beat up one of the doctors, the police said.

The four infants – two male and two female – born prematurely in the last one week were kept in incubators in the ICU of Punjabrao Deshmukh Medical College Hospital, Amravati district collector Abhijeet Bangar said.

Kailas Pundkar, senior inspector of Gagadenagar police station, said, “One baby died due to asphyxia and the body was handed over to the parents. The cause of deaths of other three babies is yet to be ascertained as autopsies are underway.”

Medical education minister Girish Mahajan has ordered inquiry by Amravati civil surgeon, Bangar told PTI.

According to hospital sources, the deaths took place between 1am and 1.30am. As the news spread in the morning, activists of MNS beat up Bhushan Katta, one of the doctors on duty, the police said.

Four infants die in hospital incubator

Four newborn babies died after an alleged short circuit sparked a fire in the incubators where they had been kept at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Panjabrao Deshmukh Hospital in Amravati on Sunday morning. The local police registered an FIR against the trust-run hospital on Monday evening on the basis of complaints from parents and will establish  the role of culprits, if any, whose negligence led to the deaths. The babies, who were five-days-old and suffering from premature birth-related disorders, were kept under observation in separate incubators before the tragedy struck, the police said.

After the deaths, the babies’ parents created a ruckus in the hospital and refused to accept their bodies. The hospital authorities, however, denied that a short circuit had occurred.

The parents found that something was amiss after observing no movement in their babies and the fact that their skin had reddened. The families have alleged negligence on the part of the hospital.  Angry family members and local MNS workers also roughed up a resident doctor who was on duty.

Superintendent of police Shashikant Satav said a complaint had been filed against the hospital administration.

D.S. Jane, dean of the hospital, said, “The exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained. We have formed a committee and action will be taken against the staff if found guilty.”

Patient’s relative alleges negligence, damage property

The Kasturba police arrested four persons on Monday for thrashing a doctor and ransacking and damaging the property of civic-run Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivli.

According to the Kasturba police, the incident took place on Sunday afternoon.

The arrested, identified as Omkar Jangam, Rajesh Ghadiyal, Krishna Chikimaal and Nikhil Manjrekar, have been charged of assault and criminal intimidation, the police said.

Omkar, the relative of Shankar Jangam, claimed that the hospital delayed in giving him treatment. However, the hospital authorities denied his claims.

The injured doctor, Dr Ketan Parihar (35), is undergoing treatment at Bhagwati Hospital after the patient’s relatives beat him up. His condition is said to be stable.

The police said Omkar bought Shankar, who was suffering from high fever, to the hospital late on Sunday. He got into a verbal feud with the doctors on duty after they informed him that there was delay in bringing in the patient.

“After the doctors realised that Omkar was under the influence of alcohol they asked him to leave. He left the hospital however returned with his friends after midnight. The accused then beat up Dr Ketan one of the doctors on duty,” said Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Thakur of Kasturba police station.

“The four damaged the hospital property and took Shankar with them,” Thakur added.

The police approached first Shankar and after questioning him arrested Omkar who later revealed the names of his friends.

Dr Sudhir Vyas, chief medical officer, Shatabadi Hospital, said, “Shankar was suffering from fever and was brought to the casualty department. He was admitted to the general ward at 12.40 am on Monday. However, at around 1 am, I heard commotion in the ward and saw the patient’s relatives beating up the resident doctor.”

Dr Mahendra Wadiwalla, medical superintendent, Bhagwati Hospital, said, “There is an injury below his [Dr Ketan] left eye. So we are keeping him under observation for now. But his condition is stable.”