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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Crib Death Toll Reaches 27, ‘Concerned’ CM Asks Krishnendu to Monitor Situation

Malda, November 28, 2012: Another three cot deaths have been reported in last 12 hours in Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) taking the death toll to 27 in last seven days. Minister in charge (MIC) of tourism Krishnendu Choudhury, who has been asked by the ‘concerned’ chief minister Mamata Banerjee to monitor the crib death situation in Malda, said that a task force under the leadership of Dr Tridib Banerjee would start from Kolkata today to review the situation in MMCH.

It may be mentioned that with the onset of winter crib death resurfaced in MMCH a week back like the last year when odd 200 babies died in MMCH. After death of 24 babies was recorded, another three babies - one in sick neonatal care unit (SNCU) and two in pediatric ward died in last 12 hours though the MMCH authorities were tightlipped over the particulars of the dead babies.

However, sources informed that one Khalema Bibi of Jalalpur in Kaliachal block got her five month old son Sarafraj admitted to MMCH three days back. The baby died this morning. The relatives of the baby informed that it was suffering from severe cold and its body was getting stiffened.

Principal of MMCH Dr Uchchhal Bhadra too said that dead babies, mostly underweight, succumbed to asphyxia and cold and septicemia. “I would still say that MMCH caters to the patients eights times more than its capacity. Despite such a huge burden the rate of crib death is lower this year than last year,” Dr Bhadra said. He lamented that relatives of sick babies flocked in the pediatric ward in such a large number that it becomes difficult to treat the children properly and the chances of infection too became higher.

However, MMCH authorities restricted the entry of the relatives of the patient from today. Even the scribes were barred from entering the pediatric ward.

On the other hand, new MIC for tourism Choudhury, who was appointed the chairman of patient welfare committee in the district only yesterday, said that the Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee called him on yesterday in Writers’ Building. 

“Though most of the dead babies were in quite vulnerable condition, the CM expressed her worries at reemergence of crib death in MMCH and assigned me the responsibility to immediate measure to control it,” Choudhury said.

He informed that a task force headed by Dr Tridib Banerjee would soon reach MMCH to review the situation. “MMCH authority has been asked to submit a detailed report on crib death. In addition, the chief medical officer of health would be asked to prepare a report on the infrastructure of rural hospitals so that small hospitals could treat the sick babies and lessen the pressure on MMCH,” Choudhury added.

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