Ahmedabad: Nine newborns reportedly died at the government-run Civil Hospital at Asarwa locality in Ahmedabad, in 24 hours up to Saturday. The newborns breathed their last on Saturday at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Five of them had been shifted from Civil Hospitals in Lunawada in Gujarat’s Mahisagar district, Surendranagar district town, Mansa in Gandhinagar district, Viramgam in Ahmedabad district and Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district hospitals in the state, while four were born here.
The rest four, who succumbed at the Ahmedabad hospital were all underweight, just like the five from other towns, according to MM Prabhakar, medical superintendent of civil hospital of Ahmedabad. He said the newborns were referred to Ahmedabad in a critical condition and this should not have happened.
“The infant who was brought from Lunawada Civil Hospital weighed only 1.1 kg with extreme preterm. The place is 130 km from here, the patient could have been taken to any other government hospital in the vicinity,” he asserted.
“Similarly, the patient referred from Viramgam was first taken to two private hospitals in Viramgam and Chandkheda in Ahmedabad and then brought here,” Prabhakar said.
He claimed the infants were sent to the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad only when their condition deteriorated. “This happens often,” he bemoaned.
Denying reports the children died due to absence of doctors, he told reporters on Saturday all doctors and nurses were on duty at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which has 100 beds.