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Missing newborn: PGIMS director resigns as pressure mounts on hospital to fix responsibility

The police had blamed the hospital for dysfunctional CCTV cameras in the gynaecology ward, which they said has obstructed their probe in the case.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2017 18:08 IST
HT Correspondent
Family members of the newborn sitting on a dharna outside PGIMS on Saturday.
Family members of the newborn sitting on a dharna outside PGIMS on Saturday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)

Twelve days after a newborn child went missing from the gynaecology ward of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, the director of the hospital, Dr Rakesh Gupta, resigned from his post.

Dr Gupta, an orthopedician, tendered his resignation late evening on Friday, in which he maintained that he was not being able to devote time to clinical and academic work due to administrative responsibilities.

Dr Rakesh Gupta

Dr Gupta’s resignation was accepted by Haryana governor and chancellor of University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Kaptan Singh Solanki on recommendation of the state government. Dr MC Gupta, dean PGIMS, has been appointed to look after the administrative work of the Institute till further orders.

The hospital had earlier charge-sheeted the head of gynaecology and obstetrics department, Dr Smiti Nanda, and nodal officer of labour room, Dr Bijender, on recommendations of an internal probe committee. It had also suspended a staff nurse and terminated the services seven Class IV workers, evoking protests in the premises by employees’ associations who demanded resignations of the director and medical superintendent.

Rohtak’s Dairy Mohalla resident Sunny Kumar’s wife Ranju had given birth to a baby boy at PGIMS on September 10. Few minutes later, the family was informed that their newborn had gone missing.

The district police had formed a special investigation team to probe the case. It had also announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to recovery of the newborn. However, no progress has been made so far.

The police had blamed the hospital for dysfunctional CCTV cameras in the gynaecology ward, which they said has obstructed their probe in the case.

Meanwhile, the family members of the newborn continued their dharna outside the hospital on Saturday. They said the police and district administration have assured them of solving the case by coming Tuesday.