Inquiry report confirms negligence; Omar admits lapses, warns medics

ASEM MOHIUDDIN. Dated: 12/17/2012 11:24:31 PM

Nurse terminated, MS, generator man suspended

SRINAGAR, Dec 17: The Director Health Services (Kashmir) Dr Saleem-u-Rehman Monday terminated the nurse and suspended Medical Superintendent and generator man of District Hospital Baramulla after inquiry committee found some negligence on their part in saving the lives of two infants who died due to power failure in hospital on Friday night.
The three member inquiry committee headed by deputy director health services Dr Masooda Shah submitted their preliminary report on Monday in which they termed the negligence of nurse and power failure as major reasons for the death of neonates.
Two neonates who were put on baby warmer after diagnosed with birth asphyxia in the hospital on Friday night died after electricity went off and generator man failed to start the generator to ensure the electricity to the SNCU unit.
“The main negligence was on part of generator man Ghulam Nabi and Nurse Rubeena Parveen. Ghulam Nabi failed to start the generator after the supply went off and Parveen also showed negligence after not informing the pediatrician Dr Govinder Jeet Singh who was on night duty,” sources told Kashmir Times after quoting the report submitted to the director.
Sources said that the officials could have easily diverted the electric supply of other generators to the SNCU unit which were working at that time and saved the infant lives.
“The electricity of two generators which were working at that time could have been supplied to the SNCU unit till further arrangements but nothing such was done by the officials on duty,” the report has suggested.
Apart from suggesting the official negligence for the cause of infant deaths, the report rules out the power failure as sole cause for the incident.
“The neonates were suffering from Asphyxia at birth. So power failure is not the only cause for their death,” reads the report.
Reacting over the death of two infants, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah admitted the lack of adequate medical facilities in the state and warned the medics either to perform or quit after the incident.
"It is matter of anguish that both the infants died due to cold even though the hospitals have been provided with generators and staff given specialised training. If the doctors and nurses are getting salaries but are not performing their duties, they should leave jobs and not make a joke of the system," he said.
Reports said that Health department has concluded that medical negligence was behind the death of two infants in a government hospital on Friday in Baramulla district.
Meanwhile, acting upon the report the director health services issued the orders to suspend and attach the Medical Superintendent Dr. Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo to sub district hospital Sogam.
The main accused nurse working under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was terminated while generator man was also suspended and attached to district hospital Anantnag.
The director also ordered to halt the annual increment of pediatrician on duty although the inquiry committee does not show his direct involvement in negligence.
However, anaesthetist Dr Abdul Hameed Sherwani will look after the administrative affairs of the hospital as Medical Superintendent and he will be assisted by Dr Masrat Iqbal who was presently awaiting posting and attached with director office.
Pertinently, the death of two neonates sparked protests in Baramulla for two days and the civil society forum also castigated the state government which is already under fire for alarming death rates of infants at lone children hospital Srinagar.
In a bid to quell the public anger, the authorities, following the incident, set up the inquiry committee to ascertain the actual cause of incident.

 

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