3 more babies die in Guj hospital, toll 12
A day after it reported nine deaths of newborns in 24 hours, the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Sunday saw three more deaths in its neonatal care unit.
The state government, following the preliminary inquiry, gave a clean chit to the hospital. It stated that against the average deaths of four infants in a day, nine are “only slightly higher than the average.”
The three-member committee headed by Dr RL Dixit, deputy director, medical education, which looked into the incident, said the babies were premature and suffered from a host of complications including poorly developed lungs.
“This hospital gets the highest number of referral cases from other places and many of the babies who come to the neonatal unit are extremely underweight and ill. However, we will see if there has been any negligence on the part of the hospital,” Dr Dixit said while talking to reporters outside the neonatal unit.
The other two members of the committee are Dr Himanshu Joshi, Pediatric HOD of Gandhinagar Medical College, and Dr Nilesh Shah, professor of gynaecology and dean of Vadnagar Medical College.
Earlier, addressing a press conference, state health commissioner Jayanti Ravi clarified that none of the infants died because of medical negligence or system failure. …read more