Activist moves NHRC on death of a new-born in Govt hospital

Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Cuttack, Apr 10:

Lawyer and human rights activist Prabir Das has sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in a case involving the death of a new born in a government hospital in Odisha due to alleged negligence of medical staff on duty.

In his petition filed with the NHRC on Wednesday, Das has alleged tha 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.

Das has said that 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 to take place.

The activist 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 has contended that the shocking death of a new born in the Labour Room due to the alleged negligence of the nurse in a district level government hospital tantamounts to violation of ‘right to life’ under Article 21 of the child and denial of proper care to the mother.

The young advocate has sought the intervention of the Commission for ensuring proper inquiry, appropriate action and suitable monetary relief to the parents of the deceased child.

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