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13 children die in 18 days in hospital, Odisha minister seeks report

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13 children die in 18 days in hospital, Odisha minister seeks report

The minister’s action came after people organized an agitation demanding action. (Figurative)

Bhubaneswar:

Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister NK Das on Sunday requested a report from the Keonjhar district administration on the death of 13 children in a span of 18 days due to alleged negligence in a hospital pediatric ward. state in the mineral-rich district.

The minister’s action came after a large number of people at the Keonjhar district headquarters hospital staged an agitation to demand action against doctors whose alleged negligence led to the deaths of children.

“This is an unfortunate incident. We must determine the cause of death of the children. I have asked the Keonjhar district authorities to find out the reason for the incident,” the minister told reporters.

The relatives of the children alleged that the doctor did not visit the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital where critical patients are treated on Saturday night. This led to the death of the children.

District Additional Medical Officer Keonjhar Kishore Prusty admitted that three children have died in the last 24 hours.

“Three children have died in the last 24 hours. Thirteen children have died in the last 18 days. A total of 122 children have been admitted to hospital as of September 18…” Prusty told reporters in Keonjhar.

When people began attacking the hospital’s public property, police and high-ranking health officials rushed to pacify the rioters.

“My younger brother’s son was admitted to hospital. He died due to the negligence of the doctor and nurses,” Mithun Nayak alleged.

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He said the boy was admitted to the ICU and died from not receiving oxygen in time. Doctors and nurses must always be available in an emergency. But they were not present on Saturday night, Nayak alleged.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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