Shadow of death over neonatal unit
The civil hospital’s neonatal unit and doctors may have been given a clean chit following a preliminary inquiry by a three-member committee set up to look into the death of nine newborn babies in a day. But for the hospital, the largest in Asia, the death of four or five children every day seems to be the norm. The doctors and staff working at the hospital cite a host of reasons for the scenario, none of which they say has to do with the infrastructure.
“This hospital gets around 5500 neonatal cases a year. Of these, majority are referrals . A referral case is a case that has been referred from some other hospital, private or government,” said a professor and neonatal specialist working in the unit.
“This being a civil hospital first and foremost we accept all cases. Often when a case comes to as the condition of the newborn has already deteriorated severely. Per se the number of deaths may seem higher to you but you have to see it in the backdrop of the severity of the cases that come to us,” said the doctor.
Most cases in the neonatal unit are of preterm and extremely underweight babies. …read more