New Delhi, Sep 9, 2017: After the death of children in Gorakhpur and Farrukhabad, now as many as 55 infants have died in the Special Newborn Care Unit of the Nashik Civil Hospital in August, reportedly due to a lack of ventilators and oxygen cylinders.
However, the hospital authorities have denied reports that the deaths were caused by medical negligence. Additional district civil surgeon Dr. G M Hole said the main reason for the deaths was lack of ventilators.
“There is no shortage of medicine in our hospital, but the figure which was shown mainly comes from cases that are referred to us from the private sector. They want to reduce their casualty figures so they refer severe cases to us,” Dr MG Hole, Additional Civil Surgeon at the hospital told media.
Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon Suresh Jagdale confirmed that 55 deaths were reported last month in the unit. He said 187 infants have died here since April.
“Most of these deaths occurred because the infants were brought from private hospitals in a stage in which there is less chance of recovery. The deaths were also due to reasons like premature birth and lung weakness,” Jagdale told media.
The civil surgeon further added that there was “no medical negligence” in any of the cases. “There are 18 incubators and we have to keep two, sometimes three, children in one due to the paucity of space,” he said.
Earlier this month, yet again another Uttar Pradesh shocker hit the headlines where at least 49 children died in Ram Manohar Lohia Rajkiya Chikitsalay in a month, allegedly due to oxygen and medicines shortage.