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HC order ₹25k compensation to mothers who lost newborns in Banswara hospital

The Rajasthan High Court directed the district-level legal service authority to pay compensation of ₹25,000 to mothers whose infants died due to non-avilability of medical facilities and negligence of staff of the MG Hospital in Banswara between July and August, 2017

jaipur Updated: Apr 26, 2018 22:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
State-run MG Hospital in Banswara recorded at least 90 newborns deaths in a span of two months.(HT File)

The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday directed the district-level legal service authority to pay compensation of ₹25,000 to mothers whose infants died due to non-avilability of medical facilities and negligence of staff of the MG Hospital in Banswara between July and August, 2017.

The state-run district hospital recorded at least 90 newborns deaths in a span of two months.

Taking suo motu cognisance on the basis of news reports , the Rajasthan High Court had sought a response from the state government.

Between July 2017 and August 2017, at least 37 of the 86 infant deaths were reported at the district hospital in Banswara that were due to the carelessness of the doctors.

The district hospital recorded deaths of 86 neonates (newborns who are less than 4 weeks old) in July and August, following which the authorities conducted a probe into the infant deaths.

Birth asphyxia is a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn during the birth process.

During the hearing, the division bench of Justice Gopal Krishan Vyas and Justice Ramchandra Singh Jhala also directed the district-level legal service authority to first verify the victims from the records of the MG Hospital, Banswara and after ascertaining the facts, pay the compensation within a period of two months.

“…the area where this incident took place, mostly impoverished tribal people are residing and in the hospital proper medical care is not available, therefore, a large number of infants died in the MG hospital within two month,” the court said.

‘It was the duty of the state to provide proper and adequate medical facilities to the patients, but as per the report submitted by the district-level legal service authority, Banswara and the state government at least 90 infants lost their life within a period of two months due to negligence and non-availability of proper medical facilities,” the court observed.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 22:06 IST