Health dept finds medical negligence in death of newborn in Sagar

27 March, 2016

A preliminary investigation by the Madhya Pradesh health department has found medical negligence led to the death of a stillborn baby whose heavily pregnant mother was allegedly made to run around between hospitals in Sagar district, an official said on Saturday.

The woman, a tribal from Charguwha village, lost her new-born child due to alleged apathy of district hospital and Bundelkhand medical college staff on Thursday, said district chief medical and health officer Dr Dinesh Kaushal.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that there was medical negligence due to which the pregnant women could not deliver her baby on time, he said.

“The gynaecologist at Bundelkhand Medical College was not on duty due to which the woman and her husband were sent back to the district hospital. We are looking into the details and questioning people to find who is responsible for the botch up.”

The woman and her husband were made to walk many times between the district hospital and the medical college and she delivered a stillborn outside the maternity ward of the district hospital, he said.

Kaushal said he received a call from the state principal secretary health and commissioner health in the morning who directed him to send a detailed report about the incident after investigation.

“I called officials and doctors concerned, including the medical superintendent of Bundelkhand Medical College to ask them why the woman and her husband were made to run around between the district hospital and Bundelkhand Medical College,” he said.

MP government orders probe

The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday ordered inquiry into death of a stillborn, whose mother was allegedly made to shuttle between hospitals in the district during labour that lead to the death the child. 

State Human Rights Commission issues notice

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission issued a notice to principal secretaries of health and medical education and asked them to submit a detailed report on the incident within two weeks. 

Collector orders inquiry following outrage

Sagar collector Vikas Narwal ordered an inquiry into this incident on Saturday, following outrange from various quarters. Narwal told HT that the inquiry committee will comprise members from the administration, medical fraternity and an WHO official or doctor for which permission will be taken.

BMC gynaecologist Dr Rekha Gupta suspended 

The dean of Bundelkhand Medical College Dr JN Soni suspended gynaecologist Dr Rekha Gupta and issued a show cause notice to few others. Speaking to HT, Dr Soni said he suspended Dr Gupta, who ought to have been be on duty at the time. He added a show cause notice was also issued to Dr Jagriti Kiran Nagar as she had to report on duty on March 24 after her leave. 

AAP, Cong demand action against guilty doc

Political parties, including the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, took to the streets to protest against the medical negligence in Sagar district.

AAP workers reached Bundelkhand Medical College administrative office and gheraoed the dean’s chamber for 15-20 minutes on Saturday. Party’s Sagar convener Dhanendra Jain said they have given seven days’ time to the administration to book the guilty.

Shiv Sena activists also submitted a memorandum demanding strict action against the guilty to BMC dean. The Congress has submitted a memorandum to Sagar divisional commissioner Alka Shrivastava demanding a case be registered on charges of murder against the guilty. 

Not in the pink of health

The incident has exposed state government’s tall claims about maternal and neonatal care. According to experts, issues ranging from shortage of doctors, lack of proper primary health care infrastructure in rural areas to health indicators, like high infant mortality rate (IMR) and maternal mortality rate (MMR) have affected maternal and neonatal health care. MP has the highest IMR in the country according to the Sample Registration Survey report of 2013, with 54 children per 1000 live births dying before their first birthday. Also, MMR in MP stands at 221 against 167 per 1,00,000 live births in the country.