Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 5:
The technical committee, headed by Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET), has submitted its report on the infant deaths at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics to the Odisha Health department on Friday afternoon.
As the Health secretary Arti Ahuja is on an official visit to New Delhi, the sealed report could not be opened. The report is likely to be made public on Monday.
The state government had set up a fact-finding committee headed by Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Prof Prakash Chandra Mohapatra and directed it to submit its report within 10 days.
According to highly placed sources, the committee, in its report, has expressed concerns over the role of doctors in the hospital. Though the committee ruled out medical negligence, it pointed out administrative lapses on the part of the doctors.
Highlighting the infrastructure deficiencies, the committee said that pressure on Sishu Bhawan will not ease unless the health facilities are strengthened at the district and block levels.
In addition to this, the committee has suggested for expansion of Sishu Bhawan, sources said.
With the committee pointing fingers at the lapses, the state government is likely to initiate action against the erring doctors.
Earlier, the state government had placed six staff members– two staff nurses, three medical attendants and a sweeper– of Sishu Bhawan on suspension for dereliction of duty. Besides, FIRs against two attendants and a Class IV staff were filed; two other nurses were transferred on administrative grounds.
Meanwhile, a four-member team of the Union health ministry led by its additional secretary Arun Panda took stock of the situation at Sishu Bhawan and made a detailed assessment of the infrastructure deficiencies.
The team visited the healthcare facility on August 28 and 29 and suggested improvement in the level of competence and preparedness by the hospital to deal with critical cases.
The team pointed fingers at the infrastructural deficiencies and shortage of medical staff in the premier referral paediatric hospital. However, it did not hold the doctors responsible for the serial infant deaths at the government-run hospital.