Ajmer hospital to conduct social audit of infant deaths

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ajmer
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 23:15 IST
Principal secretary, medical education, Mukesh Sharma (in light green shirt) speaks to a woman at JLN hospital in Ajmer on Wednesday. (Deepak Sharma/HT photo)

 Principal Secretary medical education Mukesh Sharma on Wednesday directed Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) hospital to conduct social audit of infant deaths for reviewing the causes of mortality and the medical infrastructure.

The social audit will include information about the condition in which the patients were brought, line of treatment and reasons of death. It will help to improve the infrastructure and other requirements of the hospital, he said.

Sharma was in Ajmer to survey the existing arrangements at the hospital which caters to patients from Ajmer and neighbouring Bhilwara, Nagaur, Pali and Rajsamand and Pali districts.

Nine infants admitted to JLN Hospital between May 7 and 17, died on Monday and Tuesday.

The infants were referred here from Nasirabad, Beawar, Pisangan, Merta City, Bhilwara and Makrana, and died of septicemia, pneumothorax, neonatal sepsis, acute renal failure and multi-organ failure.

“Many of the newborns had serious complications when they were referred by government and private health institutions. Prima facie, it has come to notice that there was no carelessness by doctors. A doctor who was not on duty was removed on Monday,” Sharma told media persons.

“The children were referred from primary and community health care centres as they cannot provide medical care in all cases.”

At a meeting, JLN hospital medical superintendent Dr PC Verma and others decided that doctors have to be on duty regularly, an assistant professor present round-the-clock and professors available on emergency call. The number of resident doctors will be increased, he added.

The 20-bed new neonatal intensive care unit bolstered with all medical equipment, will soon start to function in the hospital, Sharma said.

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