Odisha Health minister reviews facilities at Sishu Bhavan

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 26:

Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today visited the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics (SVPPGIP), the premier paediatrics hospital in the state also known as Sishu Bhavan, here to take stock of the situation where 28 infants died in the last four days till Monday due to alleged negligence of doctors and other staff.

A mother grieving over her dead child at the Cuttack Sishu Bhavan on Monday
A mother grieving over her dead child at the Cuttack Sishu Bhavan on Monday

The Minister, during his visit today, held discussions with the doctors and staff over the recent spate of tragic deaths of infants at the hospital.

Nayak said emphasis will be laid on improving infrastructure at the hospital and added that the government has already sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose. He said the number of beds at the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) have been increased from 36 to 48 and 15 teaching staff will be appointed at the hospital in the near future.

The Minister said a technical committee headed by the Director Medical Education and Training (DMET) will conduct an inquiry into the recent spate of deaths of infants adding that strong action will be taken if it is proved that the deaths were caused due to negligence in treatment.

“We have immediately provided Rs 10 crore to improve infrastructure at the hospital. We are increasing the SNCU bed strength from 36 to 48. On the manpower front, we have recently provided additional 100 nurses. At yesterday’s meeting, posts of 15 teaching staff have been created. Directions have been issued for expeditious implementation of the same. We are going to increase the number of teaching and technical staff strength. We have formed a committee headed by the DMET to conduct an inquiry into the deaths of infants at the hospital. Life of every infant is precious for us. So we will definitely take steps if it’s found that there has been any lapse or negligence at any point,” said the Health & Family Welfare Minister speaking to the media here.

Responding to queries by reporters on the two FIRs filed by parents of two deceased infants at the Lalbag police station alleging that the death of their children were caused due to negligence on part of the doctors and staff of the hospital, the Minister said all deaths including those will be inquired into. He said the committee has an independent expert from AIIMS adding that the team will visit the hospital today to conduct its inquiry.

Meanwhile, the committee has arrived at the hospital and is conducting its inquiry, sources in the hospital said.

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