A mere two days after opening the doors of its Mother-Child Hospital, the Ludhiana Civil Hospital in India has come under intense scrutiny after five newborn babies died under their care. All of the newborns died in a single day.
On November 22, the Indian Express covered the new building’s opening which was inaugurated by Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani the day before. The Minister reportedly expressed that there were plans for an Intensive Care Unit and a Special Newborn Care Unit that would play a vital role in “reducing mother child mortality rate during delivery.”
Now, three days later, the families of five newborn babies are protesting over what they believe to be death caused by negligence from the hospital’s staff. According to The Business Standard, the allegations by the family members are that the newborn babies were delivered by class IV employees in the absence of gynecologists. The Hindustan Times says one eyewitness reported seeing a pregnant woman being brought in and forced to sit on the floor. The woman was only tended to when she began bleeding. The doctors have denied this claim.
A report from the Times of India reported that of the five newborn babies, there were four boys and one girl. All the patients were under the treatment of gynecologist, Dr. Alka. The same doctor was allegedly issued a show-cause notice recently for going on leave without permission or warning. After being informed of the situation, an inquiry into the newborn babies’ deaths was issued by the Health Minister.
“As told by senior medical officer, Dr Alka was on emergency duty on Sunday. We have found that two children were stillborn, one baby had uterine growth retardation and was referred to another hospital. Another baby had completed more days than gestation period. A high-level committee has been constituted to probe the deaths and it will start the inquiry by Monday morning. We are also trying to find out whether Dr Alka was present at the hospital during the delivery time.”
The death of newborn babies is not only a problem in less developed countries. In June, 2013, The Inquisitr reported that the United States has the highest death rate for newborn babies in the industrialized world.
“The United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. An estimated 11,300 newborn babies die each year in the United States on the day they are born. This is 50 percent more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.”
According the Inquisitr article, some one million newborn babies die each year on the same day they were born. Thirty-five percent of newborn babies will die because they were born too early. Of the one million newborn deaths that will occur, 11,000 of these newborns will be delivered in America. These statistics come from a report released by Save the Children.
[Iamge via NBC News]