Kota Infant Deaths: Rajasthan Govt. to Audit Mothers, Infants Mortality

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New Delhi, January 7-In the wake of infant deaths in Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, the Rajasthan government has decided to make an audit on mortality of mothers and infants in the hospital in order to find out if the doctors or the nursing staff showed laxity or indulged in negligence while performing their duties.

According to a report in The Economic Times, a detailed summary of events leading up to referral of infants to JK Lon Hospital, complaints at the time of admission, diagnosis, treatment given, any concern or adverse event in the management of the patient, whether the patient was treated in intensive care and status of machines at the time of treatment in ICU, would be included in the audit.

There will be a team of doctors which will conduct the mortality audit. So far, 111 infants have died at the hospital in over a month’s period.

Neonatologists and Pardiatricians from Jaipur hospitals have been asked by the government to visit the Kota hospital and extend their services there. The Kota hospital receives infants cases referred from adjoining districts of Kota and the neighborhood state of Madhya Pradesh.

For the audit, the health ministry has appointed a high-level team which includes the names of Kuldeep Singh (Head of Paediatrics and Dean Academies, AIIMS Jodhpur), Dr Deepak Saxena (senior regional director, Rajasthan, ministry of health and family welfare), Dr Arun Singh (Professor of Neonatology, AIIMS Jodhpur), Dr Himanshu Bhushan (Adviser, National Health Systems Resource Centre), visited the hospital on Sunday and rural areas of Kheda Rasoolpur and Gandi Falee, the report says.  

In order to gauge the level of care given to expectant mothers and new-borns, percentage of patients referred to JK Lon Hospital and the gaps in neonatal healthcare, the high-level team.also visited Bundi district.

After the appalling tragedy stemming from the alleged negligence at the JK Lon Hospital, thr hospital has come in the crosshairs of many agencies like the health ministry National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

“Dr Dulara was found highly negligent towards his duties and had no answer to the questions asked to him,” wrote the NCPCR team in its report while examining the the role of the hospital’s medical superintendent in the fateful incident.  

Shockingly, the hospital has been found with over 60% of equipment which are not currently in use while atleast 70% of the radiant warmers have been found to be non-functional.

The team also observed that the summons issued by NCPCR on the infant deaths were blatantly ignored by the Kota administration. Hence, fresh show-csuse summons have been issued by the chief secretary of the Rajasthan government on behalf NCPCR.

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