Babita, 25, a resident of Jalandhar’s Basti Mithu village, had delivered twin boys in the early hours of Wednesday. But the premature, underweight babies needed a paediatric ventilator and one of them died within an hour.
Babita’s husband Satish Kumar, a rickshaw puller, said the doctors had asked him to shift the babies to another hospital. But given his meager income, it was not an easy decision. “Before I could make up my mind, one of the babies died,” he said.
“If we had a ventilator, we could have ensured the child’s survival,” said SS Nagla, pediatrician at the hospital.
In case of premature deliveries, there is an immediate need to put the baby on a ventilator. Nagla said the hospital never had a pediatric ventilator. In case of premature births, they always referred the baby to private hospitals.