NHRC sends notice to Jharkhand on deaths of 52 infants in a month
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 29-Aug-2017
Ranchi, August 29: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a notice to the Jharkhand government on the deaths of 52 children in 30 days at a government-run medical college in Jamshedpur.
“According to the reports, the infants have died in a span of 30 days and the hospital Superintendent has reportedly blamed malnutrition for the deaths,” it said. The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that weeks after a controversy erupted over the Gorakhpur tragedy, 52 infants have now been reported dead in Jharkhand, it said in a statement.
This incident is not new to the state. The same event had occurred earlier where 64 children up to 12 years of age lost lives during treatment at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH) in last one month. But the hospital administration had put the figure at 31 deaths. At least 16 of the deceased, they said, were infants who died at the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) in July.`
The Commission observed that “painful deaths” of children and infants, in such a large number, is a matter of concern and issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand, calling for a report within six weeks. It has also asked the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to take immediate action by way of issuance of suitable directions to all the states and union territories so that due to any negligence, such tragic deaths do not take place in any hospital in the country.
The NHRC had recently taken cognizance of two similar incidents. One occurred in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh, where more than 60 children and infants died at BRD Medical College and another was reported from Chhattisgarh, where four infants died due to negligence by the oxygen plant operator at Ambedkar Hospital.