Betul (MP): A three-day-old infant died in the ICU of a government hospital here after being allegedly bitten by a horde of red ants that even made a hole outside its left ear.

Collector Arun Kumar Bhatt on Saturday ordered the Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) A.K. Dixit to conduct an inquiry and complete the probe in a week. Action would be taken against those found guilty, Mr. Bhatt said.

Shahnaz Bee gave birth to twins in the hospital on December 3.

The infants were taken to the ICU. The next morning, one of them was shifted to the ward, along with the mother, while the other remained in the ICU.

Family members, on noticing the red ants in the ICU, informed the doctor on duty, who in turn asked the nurses to do the needful, Shahnaz’s husband Jumma Shah said.

On Friday morning too, the ants were noticed around the newborn and the hospital staff were informed. But they did not pay heed and the baby died around 2 p.m., he said.

Jumma Shah and Shahnaz Bee alleged that they told the medical staff several times that there were ants in the ICU and that they were biting him. According to the couple, the nurses later asked them to immediately take away the body.

Shah, a resident of Tilak Ward, alleged that when he went to the police station to register a complaint, the police refused to file an FIR saying that the area in which the hospital was located did not fall under its jurisdiction.

“We went to the concerned police station, but did not find anyone there,” he said.

Civil surgeon Rashmi Kumre said that she was in the hospital on Friday and even went on rounds a few times. But no one brought to her notice that ants had bitten the baby.

She said newborns were given sugar water and that may have attracted the ants. — PTI