Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 8:
Tension ran high at Odisha’s Capital Hospital this morning after a newborn died there allegedly due to negligence of medical staff.
The family members of the victim alleged that the would-be mother Kiran Kalia was asked to stay in the hospital veranda as there were no beds available. She gave birth to a baby boy on the veranda early this morning without the support of a nurse or supervision of any doctor that led to the death of the infant.
“We kept calling the nurses to help Kiran. They, however, kept ignoring us and said that the time was not due. She gave birth without any help from the nurses. Even after the baby was born, they didn’t visit her. Instead, they asked us to take the baby to them. The baby was fine when it was born, but the negligence of the nurses and the doctor killed him. It shouldn’t happen to anyone else,” said Kiran’s sister-in-law crying inconsolably.
Capital Hospital Superintendent Binod Mishra, however, claimed that the baby was in a critical condition.
“As per the reports available with me, the patient visited the hospital at about 1 AM while in an advanced stage of labour. The baby faced respiratory issues immediately after he was born and that caused his death,” said Mishra.
“So far as negligence of our staff is concerned, I would not be able to say anything without an enquiry. We would look into the matter and take necessary departmental action, if we find out any lapse in duty,” he added.