A five-member committee constituted last week by the health department for fresh investigation into last year’s children death at the State-run MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur on Wednesday visited the hospital.
The team led by director-in-chief of health services, Dr Rajendra Paswanand, comprising medical education director Dr Laxman Lal, Kolhanregional deputy director (health), Dr Suresh Kumar, state child health cell director, Dr Veena Sinha and child health expert Dr Ajit Kumar Prasad, demanded case sheets of each of the 164 infant deaths.
The team also visited the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and PICU (prenatal intensive care unit) and saw the condition in which the newborns are kept.
A member requesting anonymity expressed surprise at 26 newborns being adjusted in six warmers and out of which two warmers are defunct.
Jharkhand Human Rights Conference (a human right outfit) president, Manoj Mishra who raised the issue of children death at MGM was asked to share his opinion in writing.
“I have asked the probe team to not only investigate into the mismanagement at the MGM Hospital but also focus on the reason for the children and their mother getting malnourished, as was cited by the earlier team report. The earlier team had given the MGM Hospital clean chit citing the newborns deaths were due to low birth weight indicating malnutrition, birth asphyxia and premature deliveries. I advised the team that they should probe if the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojana for pregnant women and newborn are running properly or not,” said Manoj Mishra.
The human rights activist said that as per his survey out of a total of 180 Mamta vahans only 56 are working in the district.
Director in chief health services, Dr Paswan, said that they will be probing into all aspects of the newborn deaths as directed by the Lokayukta.
MGM Medical College and Hospital is a government hospital with the facility of 540 beds.
Everyday around 1000 patients come here for treatment. It may be mentioned that State Government governed Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital, is an Indian medical school established in 1964. It is situated in the outskirts of Jamshedpur near Dimna. The college's hospital is located in Sakchi.