Lack of Oxygen kills 49 new-borns in Farrukhabad

After Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, another similar tragedy occurred in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. 49 new-borns lost their lives at Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) ward of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) govt hospital in Farrukhabad. 30 children out of 49 died in SNCU) while 19 died at the time of delivery or soon after delivery.

According to a news channel, FIR has been filed against top officials of the government hospital. District magistrate Ravindra Kumar had ordered a magisterial inquiry after 19 of his notice to the hospital. In the investigation, it was revealed that the reason behind the death was “Perinatal Asphyxia” which means lack of oxygen. The District Magistrate has also mentioned in the FIR that the parents of the dead children claimed that the doctors did not put any oxygen tube. It has also been said in FIR that doctors should have knowledge that the absence of adequate oxygen supply can result in deaths. Dayanand Mishra, SP Farrukhabad said that the case has been registered against the CMO, CMS and some others doctors. Further action will be taken as the investigation

Taking cognizance of the 49 deaths of children in Farrukhabad, UP government in a press release claimed that out of 49 deaths, 19 infants were ‘stillborn’. A high- level team will be sent from Lucknow to probe into the matter to ascertain the actual cause of deaths.When asked to comment, minister for health and family welfare Siddharth Nath Singh said, “The report has been misinterpreted. The deaths took place over a period of one month. The figure also included 19 still births.”

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