Andhra Pradesh

Heads begin to roll in Guntur GGH

(Top) Rodents caught by rat catchers during a special drive at the GGH in Guntur on Friday. Sanitary personnel cleaning the drains on the GGH premises.- Photos: T. Vijaya Kumar

(Top) Rodents caught by rat catchers during a special drive at the GGH in Guntur on Friday. Sanitary personnel cleaning the drains on the GGH premises.- Photos: T. Vijaya Kumar

The State government on Friday transferred Superintendent of the Guntur General Hospital T. Venugopal and Head of Paediatrics Department Bhaskara Rao, on the basis of a preliminary inquiry report submitted by the Collector on death of a newborn baby, which died after being bitten by rodents.

Addressing a press conference here, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas said the head nurse and the staff nurse on duty at the ICU neonatal ward were also suspended.

The government had already suspended Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Srinivasulu and the sanitary contractor, he said.

Meeting on Sept. 2

Dr. Srinivas said the government had asked the police to book criminal case against those responsible for the infant’s death and the Kothapeta circle police in Guntur were on the job. He said a meeting would be held on September 2 in Hyderabad with all the medical superintendents of hospitals from all 13 districts, to sensitise them about sanitation and maintenance of government hospitals.

Cases registered

Guntur Staff Reporter adds: The Guntur Urban police registered cases under section 304 (A), causing death due to negligence. SP (Guntur Urban) Sarva Sresth Tripathi said investigation was on and action would be initiated against those responsible.

On Friday, the Guntur district administration launched clean-up of the GGH.

The Guntur Municipal Corporation also deployed more than 100 sanitary personnel for the clean-up drive and rat catchers were also roped in for the exercise.

Guntur MP Galla Jayadev suggested that the entire exercise could be taken up by the Amara Raja Batteries.


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