Three new-borns languish in Ghaziabad hospital

July 11th, 2011 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, July 11 (IANS) Three newly-born children, including a pair or twins, are languishing in a hospital here with their mothers unable to care for them and no sign of their fathers or any other relatives.

The District Women’s Hospital nurses, already overworked due to the insufficient staff, are trying to spare time from other patients and work to take care of the three babies, who seem to have no one in their life, except their two mothers, who seem mentally disturbed.

A woman, appearing to be in her late 20s, was found in an advanced state of pregnancy in Vaishali area by NGO Asha Deep Foundation and brought to the hospital. She gave birth to identical twins June 30.

“She was brought to the hospital on June 27. She seems to be mentally weak and is not speaking anything either about the childrens’ father or her family and is not even telling her name. She does not respond to our gestures and remains almost mum,” said Sushma Chandra, senior consultant (Gynecology) and acting in-charge of the women’s hospital.

“She is in an extremely disturbed state. We have tried to speak to her and engage her in talk but she hardly answers. But from whatever she could utter, it seems that she hailed from Assam because we also belong to that area,” an attendant, sitting on next bed in the same ward, told an IANS correspondent.

The other woman was found at the railway station and was brought here by Railway Police Inspector Shikha Malik June 20. She delivered on the same day.

“The other woman, who is recovering in the labour room, is also unable to reveal anything about herself. She is in the same condition and looks extremely disturbed. Her baby’s father is also unknown. Often, on asking about her name, she utters the name Jyoti, so we are assuming that to be her name,” Chandra said.

“We had written to the administration on the same day the two women delivered, apprising them of the complete situation. We have asked them to arrange for some home for better care of the two women and their infants but they have not replied so far,” Chandra said.

The children are being looked after by the staff nurses and attendants, which find it difficult to do this with their normal duties.

“As per the government’s prescribed standards, there should be one nurse for five beds but here, we have six nurses to look after 70 beds, a labour room, an operation theatre and a family planning section. There is acute shortage of staff,” said Nirmal Singh, a staff nurse and president of Rajkiya Nursing Sangh.

“We are in a dilemma whether we should look after the labour room, or guard the babies, as in this case. Guarding means you have to maintain constant monitoring over the mother-infant. It is very difficult,” she said.

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