The largest government hospital in Central India, Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) Hospital, and the last resort for several under-privileged patients looking for advanced medical treatment in West MP, the district hospital in Indore, have been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the last six months.
Lapses in security, frequent strikes by doctors, poor hospital administration and medical negligence are some of the areas where these hospitals state a record.
According to records with the MY Hospital, 78 children have died in the last five months, majority of which were an outcome of medical negligence.
To make it worse, no death review was ever conducted for which the health department is responsible.
“Death review is important for formulating new policies. We have asked the hospital superintendent time and again for it whenever a new case appears. So far, no step has been taken by the hospital administration,” said Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director health.
According to sources, in April, around 20 deaths occurred. Fourteen of these deaths happened in the pediatric department.
One ventilator unit in a 10-bed ICU could be cited as one of the reasons. “A lot of cases happen wherein the child requires artificial oxygen but as only a single ventilator is functional, the decision to put a child on ventilator or not is debated. Between all of this, the child loses his/her life,” said a senior doctor.
The situation at the district hospital is no different.
The pitiable condition of mortuaries and the hospital recently came to light when the body of a newborn was bitten by ants as it was kept in a room instead of a morgue.
“Cameras were fitted inside the hospital after a person was shot by an imposter, attendants were banned inside the hospital only after two doctors were beaten by a mob, lifts were changed only after a woman died stuck inside a lift. Why does the administration always need a wake-up call?” asked another senior doctor at the hospital.
A TRAGIC TALE OF PAST INCIDENTS
June 18, 2016: Body of a stillborn was taken by a dog from the Burns unit of MY hospital.
June 6, 2016: Ants eat the dead body of a newborn which died at the district hospital due to aspiration or cot death. Parents of the child said the body was kept in a room instead of the morgue.
May 29-30, 2016: Two toddlers aged one and five years died after they were accidentally administered nitrous oxide instead of oxygen. The entire incident unfolded at the newly-built state of the art operation theatre at the pediatrics unit.
April 3, 2016: A woman stole a three-month-old boy bypassing the security of the hospital. The woman was arrested and the baby was recovered.
February, 2016: An unidentified woman stole a newborn which exposed loopholes in the security system. The woman was later arrested and the baby was handed over to its parents.
December, 2015: A newborn wrapped in a cloth fell on the floor and died. It was reported that the nurse was flapping the bed sheet while trying to make the bed and did not notice the child.
September, 2015: A 25-year-old woman died after she was trapped in a lift at the government-run Maharaja Yashwant (MY) Hospital. An inquiry was carried out and the technician was suspended. The lifts were repaired soon after.
March, 2015: A 35-year-old man admitted in ICU sustained injuries after his oxygen mask caught fire. It was reported that the man was trying to smoke a ‘Beedi’.