In just 24 hours, nine infants have died at JK Lon Hospital in Kota district of Rajasthan. The parents of the deceased children have accused hospital staff of medical negligence.
There were reports of the family members of the infants sitting on a dharna outside the hospital. Meanwhile, the hospital authorities have termed infant deaths as “usual”.
“When we took our baby to the hospital, the staff said we can’t do anything and the doctors will see him in the morning, said a parent.
Another family member of the deceased infant has accused staff of not doing enough on time leading to the baby’s death.
“The report I have received shows that 3 out of the nine babies were brought dead to the hospital. The other three children had birth-related problems and the remaining three infants developed problem due to COT. We have instructed authorities to ensure no infant deaths should occur in the future,” said Raghu Sharma, Rajasthan Health Minister, about the Kota case.
Hospital officials have argued there was no major laspe in the treatment of infants. This is not the first time when the hospital staff has faced allegations of negligence. In 2019, nearly 100 infants had died at the hospital in just one month.
In January this year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had taken cognisance of the infant deaths at Kota hospital. The commission had issued a notice to the state government seeking a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. NHRC had said that the notice was issued to the state government to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.
The opposition BJP had cornered the Ashok Gehlot-led Indian National Congress (INC) government in the state while the INC had blamed the previous BJP regime for the deaths of newborns at the hosiptal in January this year and December 2019.
Former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot had said at the time that response of the INC government over the Kota hospital deaths could have been ‘more sensitive and compassionate’ and that after 13 months of being in government it ‘may not serve any purpose to keep pointing to misdeeds and wrongdoings of the previous government’.