Infant died due to lack of pediatric care

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today condemned in strong words assault on a gynecologist at district hospital Kupwara.

President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that this mad pattern of atrocities perpetrated on doctors time and again is unacceptable.

On October 21, gynecologist of Kupwara hospital performed an elective cesarean section on a patient.
The baby born was meconium drenched and after resuscitation was shifted in hospital ambulance to GB Pant hospital Srinagar where after 36 hours baby died.

On October 23, the attendants of the infant barged in the Kupwara hospital and broke the window panes of operation theater and thrashed the gynecologist mercilessly who got unconscious.
Patient was referred to Srinagar because there is no pediatrician available in the sole medical facility of the area.

There are no pediatric care facilities available in the hospital and it is criminal to conduct deliveries in a hospital where pediatric care facilities are not available.

The baby died due to lack of neonatal care who could have been saved if pediatric care facilities were available in the hospital.

This is the fate of every infant who is referred to Srinagar from periphery as the golden minute is wasted in transit which is crucial for survival of these fragile neonates.

This act of hooliganism has created fear among doctors which has adversely affected patient care.
Police should immediately arrest those involved in this heinous act, the FIR of which has been already lodged by hospital authorities in police station Kupwara.

Government rather than concentrating pediatric care facilities in Srinagar for minuscule population should provide pediatric care to rural areas which form the majority of population and where infants are dying on daily basis due to lack of neonatal care.

Courtesy: Scoop News


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