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Nine newborn babies die in Burla Hospital

nine newborn babies die in 24 hoursNine newborn babies have died at the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla in the last 24 hours, leading the Odisha government to order an investigation. “The nine deaths were reported in the neonatal care centre of hospital since last morning. All of them were kept in incubators as they were premature babies,” Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Laxmikant Dash said.

Denying negligence by the hospital, he said most of the premature babies were seriously ill since birth, underweight, anaemic and with respiratory problems. One of the babies weighed barely 560 gram and the deaths during a short span was only a coincidence, Dash said. “However, the matter is being looked into and I have asked the head of the paediatric department to submit a report immediately,” Dash said. The Director Medical Education and Training and Sishu Bhawan director have been asked to enquire into the matter, Health Minister Damodar Rout said. Preliminary reports indicated that most of the babies were ill since birth, but a clear picture would emerge after an enquiry, he said. There was tension in the hospital as parents and relatives of the babies held the hospital authorities responsible.

special-new-born-care-unitThe Congress held a demonstration and road blockade in Burla against the deaths, accusing the hospital authorities of negligence. Senior Congress leader Sriballabh Panigrahi accused the Health Minister of neglecting the hospital and doing little to improve its infrastructure and facilities. Senior BJP leader Jainarayan Mishra accused the BJD government of failing to improve the condition of the hospital where a large number of patients from different parts of the state and Chhattisgarh came.

3 pregnant women die in VSS Burla

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Reportedly, the doctors conducted caesarean section on nine women on Saturday. The women were kept in the observation room after this operation.

But, three of them reportedly died one after the other immediately when they were shifted to the observation room. The doctors suspect the deaths could have taken place due to the side effects of medicines provided by the government to the hospital.

Following the incident, the supply of medicines by the government to the Gynaecology ward of the hospital were ceased.

“The post-surgery condition of the three women was all right. But their condition deteriorated suddenly after taking the medicines. After a bout of severe vomiting, they foamed and died suddenly. We suspect the death could be due to the reaction of the drugs administered on them,” Dr Lalmohan Nayak, assistant professor, Gynaecology, reportedly said.

It is noted that before 2 years, nine newborn babies have died at the VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla in the 24 hours.

No place to dispose of private hospitals waste

The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) is in a fix over disposing biomedical waste of private hospitals in Berhampur and Burla.

Last month, the state government asked MKCG Medical College and Hospital and VSS Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and Burla respectively not to receive waste from private hospital for disposal in their incinerators (a heat chamber, where waste are burnt).

According to OSPCB, an arrangement between government and private hospitals was made to ensure that the waste generated by the latter can be disposed of. “We asked MKCG and VSS authorities to allow private hospitals to dispose of their waste in the government incinerators, which can accommodate more than 500 kg a day. This arrangement also reduced burned on the government institutions as the private hospitals were asked to share maintenance cost of the incinerators,” said OSPCB senior scientist D K Behera.

While the MKCG generates about 200 kg waste a day, VSS generates 300 kg. “The government move will compel private hospitals to follow the traditional method of disposing waste by digging deep pits,” he said. An incinerator costs around Rs 30 lakh and it is not feasible for private hospitals, generating less than 50 kg waste a day, to buy one, he added.

VSS superintendent L K Dash said the government took the decision as the incinerator at the hospital could not take too much load.

A survey conducted by OSPCB, in the third week of July, revealed SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack was not segregating biomedical waste despite several reminders.

SCB superintendent P K Rath told TOI that the incinerator had developed some technical snag.

Poor sanitation in Sambalpur hospital riles locals

Poor sanitation of the district headquarters hospital here has become a cause of concern for patients and locals as they feel it could lead to spread of infection.

“We are extremely worried because the stench affects us. The hospital authorities need to do something about it,” said Apurba Naik, 50, who is admitted to the orthopaedic ward.

Biranchi Majhi, an attendant of a patient, echoed similar sentiments. “The hospital premises should be clean. But the authorities seem to have turned a blind eye to this aspect,” he said.

Sambalpur Bichar Manch, a social outfit, has threatened to launch a stir from May 2 if the issue is not addressed immediately. “Poor management and lack of initiative on part of hospital authorities have contributed to the unhygienic conditions,” said outfit’s convener Debasis Purohit.

Sources said the hospital produces nearly a quintal of general and biomedical waste every day. It does not have a waste management system. The biomedical waste is shifted to the waste treatment plant at VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla. But garbage dumped on the premises remains an eyesore.

Hospital manager Sudeep Dutta said, “We depend on municipality staff to clean it. On days when they do not show up it remains. But things have changed due to the administration’s efforts.”

700-bed speciality hospital to come up in Sambalpur

The state government will establish a 700-bed superspeciality hospital in Sambalpur town in public private partnership (PPP) mode soon, government sources said here on Monday.

Odisha has roped in Kolkata-based Desun Hospital and Heart Institute for the project. The government will provide seven acres of land for the Rs 170 crore hospital to be functional in three years, health minister Prasanna Acharya said.

“People in western Odisha direly need another hospital to ease the load on VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. Otherwise, they have to travel all the way to either Cuttack or Bhubaneswar. I hope the new hospital in Sambalpur will fulfill that need,” the minister added.

The government gave a no-objection certificate to the hospital following the proposal’s clearance by a high-level committee led by chief secretary BK Patnaik.

The hospital will have 24 speciality departments, 30 operation theatres and two digital catherization laboratories. The hospital will also house a general nursing and midwifery (GNM) school and a paramedical training centre. Besides, it will offer post graduate medical diploma (Diploma in National Board-DNB) for super specialization in medical field.

The government has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Sahyog Foundation to set up a medical college and hospital in Keonjhar.

Moreover, the government has identified a new site near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for the proposed Regional Institute for Paramedical Sciences (RIPS) in Bhubaneswar.

Earlier, five acres of land was identified near the proposed medical college by Employees State Insurance Corporation in Jaganath Prasad Mouza. But the government changed the decision after a Union technical team suggested a relocation.