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NHRC notice to Odisha govt on death of new born baby in Jajpur

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Apr 12:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to the principal secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department of the Odisha Government and the Jajpur collector in the case pertaining to the death of a new born in the district headquarters hospital owing to the alleged negligence of medical staff on duty. The Commission has sought replies within four weeks.NHRC-Logo

Lawyer and human rights activist Prabir Das had sought the intervention of the NHRC in the case through a PIL.

It may be recalled here that Das, in his petition filed with the NHRC on Wednesday had alleged that the child born to Manorama Jena, wife of Abhimanyu Jena of Garedeswar village died immediately after birth on April 8 due to the negligence of the medical staff in the labour room of the district headquarters hospital at Jajpur.

Manorama Jena was admitted to the district headquarters hospital for delivery on the morning on April 8, 2014.The doctor sent her to the Labour Room, but the nurse on duty did not attend to her saying there was time for the delivery.

The activist, in his petition, had mentioned that writhing in severe pain; Manorama delivered a boy child at about 2.30 pm. In the absence of the nurse, the new-born fell from the table into a water-filled bucket and died.

The petitioner had contended that the shocking death of a new born in the Labour Room was due to the alleged negligence of the nurse in a district level government hospital, which was tantamount to violation of ‘right to life’ under Article 21 of the constitution.

The young advocate had sought the intervention of the Commission seeking a proper inquiry, appropriate action and suitable monetary relief to the parents of the deceased child.