Negligence charge against Namchi District Hospital on death of newborn

Namchi, 22 Jun:

Namchi District Hospital in South Sikkim has been accused of causing the death of a new born due to negligence.

A new born died an hour after birth at Namchi Hospital on 21 Jun and the family alleged negligence on part of the hospital.

Eden Bhutia from Ravangla, South Sikkim was admitted to the hospital with delivery case at around 7 p.m on 21 Jun. She gave birth to a baby at around 3:30 a.m this morning. The family members were informed by the hospital staff that the delivery was successful. However, after an hour of the baby’s birth at around 4:30 a.m, they were told that the newborn had died.

After lodging an FIR against the doctor and staff of Gynaecology Department of Namchi District Hospital, the family members, relatives and general public of Ravangla gheraoed the hospital premises for more than 5 hours today.

Accusing the hospital staff of carelessness, the family members and relatives protested against the hospital administration and demanded immediate arrest of the Gynaecologist and staff on duty. They refused to receive the body of the newborn stating that they will do so only after the police takes appropriate action against the accused.

A case has been registered u/s 304 ‘A’ of IPC against the doctor and staff of Gynaecology Department of Namchi District Hospital.

In order to maintain law and order at the hospital and its surroundings, a team of police comprising of Assistant Superintendent of Police, South, Linda Palmu, along with police personnel from Namchi PS reached the hospital premises while the family members demanded justice from authorities.

Father of the deceased baby, Tenzing Bhutia, said, “My baby was born healthy and we were told that the baby’s weight is about 4.30 kgs. But later at around 4:30 a.m, they said our baby had died. There were no doctors when my wife was delivering the baby. The nurses were in charge of it. Emergency call was made to the doctor on duty but the doctor arrived one hour after the delivery.”

Mr Bhutia further alleged, “Our baby was born healthy. It is due to the negligence of the doctor and the staff that our baby is no more. We are innocent people from a village and we did what we were asked to do by the hospital. Strict action should be taken against the doctor and the staff on duty for their negligence. We will not receive the body till the accused doctor and staff are arrested.”

District Medical Superintendent, Namchi District Hospital, Dr DC Sharma, informed that an enquiry committee has been formed to enquire about the incident. He added that hospital administration has issued an immediate order prohibiting the accused doctor and staff from taking up any case till further notice.

Police sources informed that the accused doctor was later summoned for her statement regarding the case.