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DMET report on infant deaths to be made public tomorrow

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 7:

Odisha Government will reveal the findings of the high level inquiry into the Cuttack Sishu Bhavan infant deaths tomorrow.

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As per information provided by Health and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary Arti Ahuja, government received the report submitted by Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET), who headed the inquiry team, today.

“I just received the report. It is a very detailed report submitted by the technical committee in which third-party members were also present. They have studied the case from the ground. I will study it in details today and will reveal the details tomorrow. Necessary action will also be taken,” said Ahuja.

It may be noted that the technical committee had submitted its report on the infant deaths at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics to the Odisha Health department on Friday afternoon. But the sealed report could not be opened as the Health secretary was on an official visit to New Delhi.

Notably, the state government, under pressure from various quarters had set up an inquiry committee led by DMET Prakash Chandra Mohapatra and had directed it to submit its report within 10 days after serial death of infants came to the fore in Eastern India’s largest Paediatrics facility.

Earlier, based on reports from preliminary investigation by the district administration and hospital authorities, the state government had suspended six staff members, including two staff nurses, three medical attendants and a sweeper citing dereliction of duty. Besides, FIRs were also filed against two attendants and a Class IV staff; two other nurses were transferred on administrative grounds.