Infant dies of medical negligence, FIR registered

Report by: 
ZEENATH BIBI
Port Blair
18 Nov 2018

In an unfortunate incident, a 25-day old infant died on Saturday at PHC Chouldhari. The parent of the deceased infant Mr. Uttam Mondal, resident of Chouldhari alleged gross negligence on the part of the staff nurse on duty. He has registered an FIR against the Nurse at PS Ograbraj and demanded immediate arrest of the lady staff of PHC Chouldhari under the Directorate of Health Services.   
According to Uttam Mondal, he along with his wife finding his infant child in critical condition immediately took the infant to PHC Chouldhari at about 7.30 pm on Friday. They pleaded with the nurse on duty to call the doctor for treating the baby. They were surprised to note that instead of calling the doctor, the Nursing staff herself after the first aid treatment by the Aya discharged the sick child asking the parents to bring the baby for treatment the next day. “We were surprised to find that the nursing staff on duty instead of treating their baby was engaged with mobile and directed the Aya on duty to attend to the child. After initial check up, the Aya reported her back and the nurse then told us that is nothing is to worry about and that our baby suffering is from minor cold. Believing the nurse, we took the baby back to home only to return the next day,” said Smt Sushma Baroi, mother of the child.
The parents alleged that at the time of their entering the hospital no out-patient entry was made in the hospital register and after within 30 minutes, the treatment of the infant child was completed and they were told to take the child home. The next morning finding the child not responding to their call, the parents rushed to the hospital where they were told that the infant child had already died. Such unprofessional behavior of the medical staff made the parents furious.  The parents then decided to register formal complaint with the Police as well as approached the villagers with their complaint.
Without no-time about 400 villagers of Chouldhari assembled at the PHC Chouldhari and demanded the immediate arrest of the Nursing staff.  The parents have also registered an FIR against the Nursing staff of utmost negligence while treating a infant. 
A complaint has been received in the Police Station from the parents of the deceased infant on the negligence on the part of the staff nurse resulting in the death of the infant child of Uttam Mondal of Chouldhari. We have registered an FIR against the nurse and the matter is under further investigation. Action will be taken accordingly, informed Police personnel of PS Ograbraj, who didn’t wish to be named.