Infant deaths | We need more beds: JMCH Superintendent

Jorhat, November 9: After 20 infants died in a week, the authorities of the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) stated the hospital needs more beds to cater to the rush of patients.

20 newborn babies died at the JMCH within a week triggering a huge sensation in the district, following which a six-member committee was formed to evaluate the recent deaths.

“After the civil hospital turned into a full-fledged medical hospital, the number of patients have also gone up. The bed capacity for neonatal in the hospital is 41 but presently, we have 80 babies who are kept under observation,” said JMCH Superintendent Dr Shaurabh Borkotoky.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a team of experts including the Director of Medical Education, a UNICEF expert and a paediatric doctor from the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will reach the Jorhat hospital to study the deaths.

He added, “Most babies who died in our hospital had some problems but we tried our best to save the babies.”

The JMCH officials also stated the hospital is facing severe manpower crunch.

“Some mothers arrived in the hospital just before delivery.Some babies were born with very poor health condition and some babies which died also had congenial diseases,” said Dr Pranabjit Biswanath, who heads the Paediatrics department.