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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Crib Death Unabated in MMCH, Authority Cites Numerous Reasons

Mada, November 27, 2012: With the onset of winter, cot death continues unabated in Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH). 12 more babies died in last 36 hours as learnt from sources. MMCH authorities, however, claimed that the number was only six and crib death is not as formidable as it was in the last year.

It has been learnt that babies of Pratima Mandal of English Bazaar, Rahima Bibi, Reshma Bibi, Arroja Bibi and Sakrin Bibi of Kaliachak and Shilpi Haldar of Old Malda died in MMCH in last 24 hours. Four days old daughter of Soma Biwi of Kaliachak also succumbed to her ailment. Jhuma Biswas of Kumargunj of South Dinajpur had given birth of a son 2 days back here. But this morning the baby died. Two more babies died today. With this the number of death has been 12 in last 24 hours. Those who died included two of Sick Neonatal Care Unit (SNCU), sources informed. 

Although the Medical College authority remained tight lipped over the details of the victims, bereaved mothers like  Afroja Biwi of Kaliachak, Pratima Mandal and Shilpi Halder of Old Malda, Nilmoni Pahan of Balurghat or Arati Khatun of Ratua held the poor treatment in hospital as responsible for their children’s death. Arati Mandal of Balurghat who had lost her new born baby yesterday said, “Bitter cold within the children ward along with the indifference of the sister and doctors saw my baby died within a day.”

Pediatric ward in MMCH

Sources from medical college claimed that number of babies died in September was 50 while in October it was 54. But November might surpass the number beyond 100 as feared. Dr Asit Biswas, spokesperson of State Health Department too was not ready to divulge the numbers, “It is true that number of babies died in last few days but we are not worried with the numbers. Rather we are to find out the reasons and way to control it.” However, he denied of any special team visiting Malda right now.

Dr U Bhadra, Principal of Medical College, said, “With Malda district hospital hospital turned to Medical College, the number of patients has increased almost four times, but not the number of beds or doctors. It is most difficult to serve them properly. The relatives gathering in the wards, has added to the woes.” However, he described most of the dead babies as underweight and premature and remained vulnerable to any infection. He said that most of the babies were underweight and were suffering from acute asphyxia.

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