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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Govt Figure of Crib Death in MMCH Higher than Media Report


Malda,  November 30, 2012: Crib death in Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) went unabated while political parties are out to take on street. Despite the repeated attempt of health department to play down the issue and suppress the number of victims, the figure issued by the hospital authority itself revealed that as many as 35 babies died within 19th November to 28th November. Although there was no account of the last two days of the month, it is learnt that 10 more babies died in two days.  In The report sent to district health department also claimed that among the dead babies 25 were born underweight.

However, the claim of the state health department of babies coming from Bangladesh or Bihar did not find any ground as the figure showed only 4 babies from South Dinajpur, 1 from North Dinajpur and 1 from Bihar among the dead.

Minister in Charge of Tourism Krishnendu Choudhury who looked after the MMCH at the behest of Chief Minister, said, “Patients may die in the hospital but the relatives are getting puzzled with the attitude of MMCH authority. It is decided that the relatives will be apprised of the reason for death and a press release in each day will be issued by the authority.” He added that thrice a day ward would be visited by either the Principal or Hospital Super. It is learnt that to combat the situation four more pediatrician would join the hospital tomorrow.

Congress raly against crib death in MMCH (photo: Joy Roy)

Meanwhile, district Congress today held a silent rally against the increasing number of crib death at MMCH. Later Congress leader Narendra Nath Tiwari said, “After the outbreak of last year’s hundreds of crib death we were made many promises but no change in scenario was witnessed this time. We are launching greater agitation if the child death is not controlled.”

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