Probe ordered into death of infant

Khajabee, whose child died at birth, at the District Civil Hospital in Raichur on Saturday.

Khajabee, whose child died at birth, at the District Civil Hospital in Raichur on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: THE HINDU

Staff Correspondent

Raichur: District Surgeon T.M. Nataraj has ordered an investigation into Thursday’s death of an infant at birth at the District Civil Hospital.

Dr. Nataraj has also served show-cause notices on Manjula Gouda, junior resident of the Gynaecology Department; nurses Mikhila and Somavva; and aayas Ananthamma and Sugamma, seeking an explanation from them on complaints of dereliction of duty.

Janardhan and Khajabee, parents of the infant, said that they went to the hospital on Thursday night after Khajabee developed labour pain. However, the doctors on duty reportedly refused to admit her unless they paid the prescribed fee. Meanwhile, his wife delivered the child but it fell on the ground and died instantly.

Dr. Nataraj said that the allegations levelled by the parents were not true. He said that the doctors who attended upon the woman had asked her to stay in a room after they confirmed that the infant had died in the womb. But a few minutes later, the woman gave birth to a stillborn child. However, he said that he had ordered an inquiry into the incident and was ready to take action against the doctor and nurses if they were found guilty.

Dr. Nataraj said that P. Ramdas, head of the Department of Gynaecology, Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), was investigating the case. He would forward the investigation report to Ramaiah, dean and principal of the RIMS, on Monday, he added.

Meanwhile, members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike who staged a dharna at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Friday, staged an indefinite dharna on the hospital premises on Saturday demanding a thorough investigation into the matter.

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