A newborn died of negligence after a nurse on duty allegedly demanded money to attend a woman undergoing labour on Sunday at the Kama government hospital in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district.
This is the second such incident in the district this year after the one reported from a maternity hospital in May.
Madira Devi had admitted her daughter-in-law Manju, 25, to the hospital on Saturday night for delivery. Early on Sunday morning, Manju went into labour at the hospital.
Devi rushed to the duty nurse, Urmila, and requested to attend her daughter-in-law. But the nurse demanded money and refused to attend to Manju, she alleged.
By then Manju had delivered a baby girl without proper assistance. Unfortunately, the newborn fell on the floor and died instantly.
The news soon spread leading to an angry crowd gathering outside the hospital. The protesters demanded strict action against the nurse.
The mother-in-law also sat on a dharna and refused to take the infant’s body.
Following the incident, Bharatpur district collector Ravi Jain ordered action against the nurse.
“After directives from chief medical health officer (CMHO) Dr Harendra Singh, the nurse has been relieved from the duty and sent to Bharatpur while the duty in-charge has also been relieved. Prima facie, the case involved demand of money. An inquiry has been initiated into the matter,” hospital in-charge V R Meena said.
On the assurance by tehsildar B L Yadav, the family later took the newborn’s body. The Bharatpur episode has put a question mark over the Rajasthan government’s exercise to increase institutional deliveries in the state-run hospitals.