Health officials apathetic as Ludhiana hospital courts controversies

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2015 20:41 IST
A meeting of health department functionaries taking place at civil hospital, Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Since the inauguration of Mother and Child Hospital on the premises of the Ludhiana civil hospital in November last year, it has been in the eye of controversy, the latest being the death of three women in three days, due to reaction of medicines.

Senior health officials have remained a mute spectator to the controversies at the hospital. From the controversial death of five newborns last year to swapping of children, the hospital has seen all.

Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal and civil hospital senior medical officer Dr PS Sidhu have failed to get things in order even after a year of the inauguration of the hospital.

In November last year, only three days after the hospital was inaugurated, five newborns had died under mysterious circumstances. The deaths gave jitters to the health department and an inquiry was ordered. It was reported that doctors and other staff had failed to provide proper facilities to the mothers due to which the incident took place.

In April this year, the hospital was again in news for all the wrong reasons. Two children -- a boy and a girl-were swapped by the staff, leading to ruckus by the families. Later, the identity of the children was confirmed through a DNA test.

In September, the hospital was embroiled in a controversy when a girl child was stolen. Panic gripped the hospital and the police later traced the child.

Youth Cong holds protest

A protest was held in the city by the Youth Congress and Team Insaaf, backed by Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, against the death of the three women. Members of both the parties demanded strict action against the doctors responsible for the deaths. The Youth Congress workers held demonstration on Saturday morning while the Team Insaaf members held a protest in the evening.

Inquiry team visits hospital

A team of the inquiry committee, including family welfare director Dr HS Bali, on Saturday reached the hospital to take stock of the happenings that led to the death of three women in three days.

The team met the doctors who had performed the operation on the three women, who died apparently due to the reaction of an injection administered to them during the delivery.

Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal and senior medical officer Dr PS Sidhu accompanied the team. Doctors and other staff who were on duty on those days were questioned. The report would be tabled in two days, a team member said.

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