Indian hospital being investigated over infant deaths

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Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that he is trying to get in touch with the Uttar Pradesh government and seek an update on the Farrukhabad incident.

"These things will turn and will take time", he mentioned.

City Magistrate Jainendra Kumar Jain lodged a First Information Report, in which he said the hospital's doctors had "neither administered oxygen nor any medicines" while treating the children. The result of this was that the government removed the District Magistrate Ravinder Kumar along with Medical Officer of the district and Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

On whether the deaths were due to lack of oxygen, he said, "Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode".

According to PTI, of the 468 deliveries that took place in the 30-day period at the hospital, 19 babies were still-born and 30 deaths were in the SNCU. There is no basis to blame the shortage of oxygen supply for the deaths in hospital.

About a year back, the National Rural Health Mission took cognizance of the infant deaths and made a decision to extend the Child Death Review (CDR) program to all districts in the state. Officials said there was no oxygen shortage, but blamed a high rate of disease from the monsoon season - saying that many child patients arrive in critical condition.

Police began an investigation on Sunday in the latest case after a government report accused the chief health and medical officer of another institution in the state, Ram Manohar Luhua Hospital, after 30 children died.

This is the second such case in the state after deaths of children were reported in Gorakhpur BRD medical college recently.

The article said instead of acting as a "God" to the poor", "these government hospitals are proving to be a "God of death' for them". At the macro level, state expenditures on health as a percentage of GDP, when viewed longitudinally, have consistently remained lower than Central expenditure with the decision to devolve only leading to a marginal rise in spending which has now topped out at 0.9% in 2017.

In recent years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has increased health spending and vowed to make healthcare more affordable. "The district magistrate seems to be vindictive toward doctors and therefore has lodged an FIR against the CMO and the CMS", Dr. Arun Makhija, an officebearer of Uttar Pradesh Medical and Health Services, said. The hospital had lost 61 newborns and infants within 72 hours between August 29 and 31, taking the death toll at the hospital beyond 300 within just one month.

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