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Shuttled Between Hospital Wards for 3 Hours, 4-Day-Old Baby Dies

Adityanath has ordered the suspension of a doctor and departmental proceedings against another after the incident.

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The girl’s mother, Sushma.
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, on Wednesday, 19 June, ordered the suspension of a doctor and departmental proceedings against another after a four-day-old baby died after being shuttled between hospitals for three hours in Bareilly, reported NDTV.

WHAT HAD HAPPENED?

The baby, who was named Urvashi by her parents, was born in a private hospital on 15 June, but developed breathing problems. She was taken to a government hospital complex by her parents, who are farmers, the report said.

However, doctors at the hospital refused to examine the child and instead referred her to the a medical institute dedicated to women, located in the same complex. When the parents took the baby there, they were asked to take her back owing to the shortage of beds.

Her family alleged they were made to run from one wing of the hospital to another for over three hours, due to which the infant died. Instructions given by the doctors shuttling them around have been recorded in the child’s medical slip.

WHAT DID THE CHILD’S FAMILY SAY?

"We were made to run around for over three hours, because they simply refused to admit her. Finally, we decided to take her back home, but she died on the hospital stairs," Kusma Devi, the child's grandmother told NDTV.

Talking to the media, the girl's mother Sushma said, "My daughter was born prematurely in the seventh month, four days ago. She was not drinking milk. People suggested me to admit her to the hospital. When we went to a doctor at the hospital. They told me to go to the women's ward. When I went there, they said there was no bed available there.”

WHAT ARE THE DOCTORS SAYING?

According to footage shot by local residents and journalists, Dr Kamlendra Swaroop Gupta, in-charge of the men's hospital, and Dr Alka Sharma, in-charge of the women's hospital, traded accusations after the newborn's death, with both refusing to take responsibility for it, reports said.

Sharma reiterated that there were no beds available when the victim visited them. "We have only four beds with having eight children on them," she said, reported ANI.

"I have given clear orders that all patients should be admitted. She kept wandering in the hospital but did not go to the emergency ward. Had she visited there, we would have saved the girl," Dr Gupta said,defending himself.

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WHAT ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN?

The Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) of the men's wing at the government hospital, Dr Kamlendra Swaroop Gupta, was suspended after the death of the four-day-old girl, an official release stated, according to a PTI report.

Departmental proceedings have also been ordered against Dr Alka Sharma, CMS, women’s wing.

"I have ordered suspension of CMS of Male Hospital Bareilly on the negligence of duty and have ordered for departmental proceedings against CMS of Women Hospital. Any insensitivity by Govt. officials will not be tolerated in #NewUP," Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted on Wednesday night.

Adityanath also decried the incident in another tweet, criticising the actions of the doctors.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI and NDTV)

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