Another 30 children died in government hospital by lack of oxygen

Published: 09:18 GMT, Sep 4, 2017 |
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An FIR was registered against two senior medical officers and other doctors in Farukkhabad on Monday after the district adminstration prima facie concluded that 30 children died in a government hospital due to lack of sufficient oxygen supply over the span of a month.

The Chief Medical Officer of Farukkhabad, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital, and other doctors were booked under Sections 304 (causing death by negligence), 176 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The case was registered at the Kotwali police station in Farukkhabad on the complaint of Jainendra Kumar Jain, city magistrate, Farukkhabad.

Parents of newborn children who died in the hospital had alleged that the deaths took place due to lack of oxygen supply. Following this, on district magistrate Ravindra Kumar constituted a probe team headed by the CMS and CMO to report within three days on the exact cause of death of 49 new-born children in the month of August.

However, the DM was not convinced by the findings of the probe and ordered a separate probe by the city magistrate, sub-divisional magistrate and a tehsildar.

 The DM said the medical officers neglected the instructions and provided “confusing and incomplete” details of the deaths of children in the hospital. The CMS and CMO could also be sacked.

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