Four newborns die within 12-hours in MP hospital, CM calls urgent meet

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Four newborns died in less than 12 hours of their birth in Shahdol district hospital in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called for an emergency meeting with senior health officials in Bhopal on Monday in the wake of the death of four newborns at Shahdol district hospital.

A relative of one of the deceased infants, who sought anonymity said, the baby in his family was born in the neighbouring Umaria district, but was referred to Shahdol, as the condition of the child grew worse.

He alleged that the duty doctors did not attend the baby properly. Moreover, the doctors not allowed the parents to meet the child, and he died a few hours later, he said.

The affected families claimed that a total of four kids died in less than 12 hours of their birth. They alleged that there was dearth of basic amenities for newborns in the hospital.

However, Dr Rajesh Pandey, the Chief Medical and Health Officer denied allegations saying the babies reached there in critical condition. We have made all possible efforts to save them. If affected families alleged any slackness, we will get this probed and take necessary action against the guilty, he added.

The baby girl was brought to the Shahdol district hospital from Umaria. However, the three boys were from different localities of Shahdol district. Earlier in January, six tribal kids had died within 24 hours at the same hospital.

Shahdol, a divisional headquarters, is battling for basic medical amenities. And local people rely on nearby major cities, including Bilaspur (CG) and Jabalpur for emergency healthcare services.

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