Action against Punjab health officials for infant’s death

August 17th, 2012 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 17 (IANS) Acting on the report of an inquiry committee which found medical staff negligent, resulting in the death of an infant last month, the Punjab government Friday ordered the transfer of Jalandhar civil hospital’s medical superintendent and initiated action against four others.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal ordered that three staff nurses and one emergency medical officer of the civil hospital be charge-sheeted, a health department spokesman said here.

All health officials have been held guilty for being negligent in performing their duty.

A five-day-old infant died at the civil hospital after she was allegedly removed from the incubator as her parents could not deposit a fee of just Rs.200 at the Jalandhar civil hospital.

The Punjab government had ordered inquiries by the district administration and the health department separately.

Following the case coming to light, the Punjab government announced that all neo-natal services in government hospitals across the state would be free of cost.

The spokesman said that to prevent recurrence of such incidents and to improve child care in the state, 12 special new-born care units will be established during the year (2012-13).

“Fifty new-born stabilisation units will also be set up in all the district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals and community health centres to provide specialized care to the newborn,” he added.

He added that all user charges for newborn and their mothers have already been waived off.

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