An official investigation report has dismissed the allegation that a newborn baby died after being bitten by an animal at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh.
District Magistrate Ujjawal Kumar, who had set up a two-member investigative committee to investigate the matter on Sunday, described the incident as “incorrect” and said the woman had given birth to a stillborn child.
A woman named Saira Bano, a resident of the Bachhaipur panchayat village in the Dhanepur Police Station area of the district, was admitted to the Mujehna Community Health Center on Saturday night after labor pains and the woman gave birth to a child, who died shortly after birth. .
The family had alleged that the staff had moved the newborn to another room, saying the boy needed oxygen and they were removed, but on Sunday morning, the staff told them the newborn had died.
They said that when they saw the baby, they learned that some animal had bitten the baby and immediately informed senior administrative officials about the incident and informed the local police, claiming that the negligence of the hospital staff caused the baby’s death. The district magistrate in a statement issued late Sunday said the investigation team that visited the hospital found that the family had brought the baby’s body home at night but returned it in the morning.
The family made the complaints at the instigation of some people, he said.
“The woman entered on August 27, 2022 to give birth. She gave birth to a stillborn child on the night of August 28, 2022 around 1:30 a.m.,” the district judge said, adding that the report The autopsy will clarify the cause of death.
Noting the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Brijesh Pathak, who also holds the health portfolio, asked the chief medical officer on Sunday to look into the matter.
In a tweet on Sunday night, Pathak said: “In the case of the suspected death of a newborn at CHC (Community Health Center) Mujehna de Gonda, following my instructions, the investigation carried out by the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) ) Gonda found all the accusations to be false and baseless.” The opposition Samajwadi Party also lashed out at the BJP-led state government over poor health service in Uttar Pradesh after the incident came to light.
“A gross negligence has come to light at Mujehna CHC, Gonda. After delivery, the baby was kept in the delivery room where the wild animal ate the baby’s mouth. These are the disgraceful, embarrassing, horrible and unsafe conditions of government hospitals in UP under Yogi Raj, what do people do and where do they go? SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had tweeted.
Yadav asked again on Monday for an update on the incident.
Citing the result of the investigation report, Pathak said: “There appears to be a malicious attempt to smear the image of the department and the government, which I condemn.”
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