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Three infants die in Raipur hospital

In need of care: An infant under treatment at Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur on Monday.  

Three infants were reported dead between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur due to alleged disruption in the supply of oxygen. However, the BJP-led State government refuted the allegations.

R. Prassanna, Director of Chhattisgarh’s Health Department, said, “It is true that the children have died, but there was no lack of oxygen supply.” However, he conceded that the oxygen supply in the hospital did drop on Sunday. Mr. Prassanna said, “There was a drop in the oxygen pressure at the hospital owing to the mechanic’s laxity. The Chief Medical Officer and the superintendent immediately intervened and resolved the issue. The children died due to some illness.”

Ravi Chandra, the operator in charge of monitoring oxygen supply at the hospital, was arrested and suspended “for dereliction of duty”. Health officials claimed Mr. Chandra was sleeping in an inebriated state when there was a drop in oxygen supply at the hospital. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered an inquiry into the incident, which comes a week after the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh faced criticism over the deaths of infants at a hospital in Gorakhpur owing to lack of oxygen supply. Mr. Singh said, “Those responsible for will not be spared.”

The State’s health director and health secretary called a press conference at 12.30 p.m. The health department said in a press statement, “The first death occurred at 12.30 p.m. on Sunday. The infant died as his weight was less than one kilogram and his lungs were not developed. His body was given to relatives at 1 p.m. The second death took place at 1.20 p.m. due to ‘meconium aspiration’ [a respiratory syndrome] and his body was handed over to parents at 2 p.m. The third death took place at 10 p.m. The child suffered from seizures. His body was handed over to parents at 10.30 p.m. Post mortem is not conducted in such cases unless it is a medico-legal case.”

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