Will take action after enquiry report on Namchi newborn death: Health Dept

Gangtok, 29 Jun:

With regard to the charge of negligence against District Hospital Namchi on the death of a newborn on 21 Jun, the Department of Health Care, Health Services & Family Welfare has issued a press release today with clarifications on the case.

As per the release, Eden Bhutia [23], wife of Dawa Pintso Bhutia, hailing from Kewzing in South Sikkim had been admitted at District Hospital Namchi on 21 Jun at 9.15 a.m with complaints of pain in the abdomen.

On examination, it was noted that the patient was in early labor and accordingly was admitted for safe conferment with advice of regular monitoring. Her vitals were normal and fetal heart sound was regular. However, she had not done recent investigations including ultrasonography which were advised to her by the treating Gynaecologist on 19 Jun. Laboratory Investigations as required were sent on admission.

The progress of labor was monitored and the lady delivered a still born child at 3.56 p.m on the same day. There were two loops of cord around the neck with thick meconium staining. The on-duty Medical Officer was called by the nurses who had conducted the delivery to assess the baby.

Accordingly, CPR was given even though no heart sounds were audible and no pulse palpable. The baby showed no signs of life in spite of all resuscitation measures and was thereafter declared still born.

The Gynaecologist on call, who had come to attend another post-operative patient, was also informed regarding the baby and thereafter she too attended to the baby. The patient party was duly informed by her following which they had expressed dissatisfaction.

Based on the report received by HC, HS&FW Department, a committee had been constituted on 23 Jun to conduct the preliminary enquiry on the still birth case consisting of Director III, Dr Sarita Lama, Additional Director [RCH], Dr Namgay Shenga, Chief Consultant [Paediatric], STNM Hospital, Dr Ruth Yonzan, and Specialist [Obstetrics & Gynaecology], Dr Parasmani Karki.

The HC, HS&FW Department press release states that the department will take all necessary action based on the report of the preliminary enquiry.

The department has further expressed that the Health Department and all the doctors, nurses, paramedic and Group D staff are working sincerely in a dedicated manner to serve the people of Sikkim. The department, in the release, has requested all concerned to maintain restrain on social media before full facts of the case are known based on the enquiry committee report.