5 newborns die in Ajmer govt hospital

Jaipur, May 15 : Five newborns have died in Ajmer’s Jawahar Lal Nehru government hospital due to different causes within a span of five hours from late Saturday night to today early morning.

Their families have alleged negligence by the hospital staff of the hospital and demanded action against the erring personnel.
These five deaths comes days after 11 mentally disabled inmates including eight children of a government run rehabilitation home in Jaipur, died of contaminated water.

The newborns, whose age ranged between 10 hours to two days, and were malnourished and underweight, Dr K K Soni, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Ajmer (140 km from Jaipur) said.
Negating the dehaydration charge, he said: “They did not die of dehydration but had been admitted to the hospital in critical conditions. Two of them had septicaemia, one had hyperthermia ( body temperature much above the normal) and two others had respiratory problems i.e their lungs were not properly developed. And they came from different places like Nasirabad, Bhilwara, Kishangarh, Beawar, Pali so an outbreak of disease at a single place is also ruled out. All of them passed away between 1 am on Saturday and 6:30 am today morning, so there is no question of dehydration. They were only on mother’s milk and water has still not been administered to them.”
But with the five deaths between a span of five to six hours, families of the newborns protested outside the hospital, alleging negligence by the doctors.

Congress state chief Sachin Pilot, who was a MP from Ajmer earlier, has criticised the government for negligence and demanded a high-level inquiry. He said these deaths were because of absence of senior doctors, who could have otherwise controlled the spread of infection. Ajmer Hospital is the biggest referral hospital of the Ajmer division and most patients come from far away with lots of hope but due to the government’s apathy, there is no improvement in the health care of the people.

Meanwhile Ajmer Collector Gaurav Goyal has formed a committee of medical experts from the hospital, who would go into the medical reports of the infants and see whether the deaths were due to negligence of the hospital staff or natural. The committee is expected to give the initial report by today. The final report is expected to come later.

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