Around 69 deaths have been reported in the last four days in the infamous BRD Hospital which was in news two months ago for being responsible for the death of over 70 children due to medical mismanagement, as reported by The Indian Express.
19 children have died at the hospital in the last 24 hours — 13 neonatal (newborn) deaths, and 6 others suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), according to BRD Medical College principal P K Singh.
69 deaths have been reported at the hospital in the four days since 7 October
During the second week of August, around 60 deaths were reported over five days. Most of these deaths were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to various reasons like that of pneumonia, septicemia, asphyxia, the college principal reportedly said.
Singh has also pointed out that a large number of newborns in critical condition are coming to the hospital from far-off places.
118 patients are admitted in the NICU at present. There are 333 patients admitted in the pediatric ward out of which 109 children are suffering from AES.
According to hospital records, the number of patients admitted varied between 333 and 360 over the last four days, and the number of deaths varied from 12 to 20 each day.
Records cite the death of 12 children on October 7, 20 on October 8, 18 died on October 9, and 19 deaths on October 10.
This incident comes after the horrific month of August which had seen the death of around 79 infants who had lost their lives due to the mismanagement on the part of the hospital. The state government had denied that the deaths were due to oxygen shortage, action was taken against the then college principal, in-charge of the particular ward as well as clerks and the pharmacist for negligence.
But yet again, reports on the deaths of the children have caught the attention of the media. The Logical Indian urges the authorities to look into the issue and take matters seriously. The healthcare situation in the country needs an overhaul. The authorities need to sit up and make necessary developments