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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Task Force Claims Crib Death Ratio in MMCH Lower than Previous Year

MALDA, 29 NOV: After series of crib death in Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) caused huge stir across the state, a high level delegation of the state health department took stock of the situation today. Dr Tridib Banerjee, Chairman of the task force that visited MMCH today, assured that the situation was completely under control and opposite to what came in media.

It may be mentioned that with the onset of winter at least 27 babies died in MMCH at a row. Last year also the menace of crib death hit MMCH when more than 200 children died in MMCH. The MMCH authorities claimed that most of the children had underweight and were suffering from septicemia and asphyxia. The vulnerable babies couldn't combat the sudden change in weather to, specialists claimed.

Later, experts’ team and health department’s delegation visited MMCH. Even the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) also visited the hospital and registered their recommendations. Rural hospitals’ infrastructure was suggested to be uplifted also.

Despite several promises and assurances the menace of cot death did not spared MMCH this year also. Same reasons were cited again by the MMCH authorities. They, in addition, blamed huge pressure of patients beyond their capacity.

But in the changed political environment Union Congress ministers of state (MoSs) AH Khan Choudhury and Deepa Das Munshi criticized the state government for failure in arresting crib death in MMCH.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assigned tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury to look into the situation and adopt necessary measures.

Choudhury yesterday informed that a task force would visit MMCH to assess the situation.

Task force in MMCH (file photo)

Accordingly, Dr Banerjee and Ashok Biswas inspected various wards of MMCH today along with the principal of MMCH Dr Uchchhal Bhadra and chief medical officer of health (CMOH) DR Bidhan Mishra. The team visited the gynecology, pediatric wards and spoke to the patients and their relatives.

Later Dr Banerjee said, “The situation is not very alarming. Though number of cot deaths increased this year, the ration compared to the previous year has reduced as this time huge number of patients atre
admitted in MMCH.”

“The infrastructure has been adequately developed. More equipment would be added to sustain the development. 80 additional radiant warmers would be delivered and 110 such warmers would be available in MMCH,” he added.

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