Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

Pigs Inside Campus, Broken Windows: Kota’s J K Lon Hospital Where 940 Infants Died In 2019

'Pigs were found roaming inside the campus of the hospital,' the findings of NCPCR said.

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Broken windows and gates, pigs roaming inside hospital campus and acute shortage of staff were among the findings of the apex child rights body, NCPCR, during an inspection of J K Lon Hospital in Kota where 940 children died this year.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said it found the hospital in the "worst condition".

At least 940 children have died this year in the J K Lon Hospital, Kota.

In last six days, 14 infants have died at the J K Lon hospital, taking the number of deaths to 91 this month.

"The 14 infants, including six newborns, died in the period between December 25 and December 29 in NICU and PICU units of the hospital," the newly appointed superintendent of the hospital, Suresh Dulara, said on Monday.

Earlier, 77 infants had died till December 24 including 10 within 48 hours on December 23-24, he said.

On the cause of deaths, Amrit Lal Bairwa, Head of Department of Pediatrics, said that they are analysing the reasons behind the 77 deaths till December 25.

Out of the 14 infants who died later, four succumbed to severe pneumonia, one to Meningoencephalitis, four to Congenital pneumonia, three to pneumatic septicemia, and one to a respiratory disorder, he said.

A team from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team visited the hospital after which its chairperson Priyank Kanoongo issued a show-cause notice to Vaibhav Galtiya, Secretary of Medical Education Department in Rajasthan government, and sought an action taken report from him on its findings.

"It is evident that there was no glass in windows panes, gates were broken and as a result, the admitted children were suffering from the extreme weather condition,"  Kanoongo said.

He also said that the general upkeep and maintenance of the hospital is in the "worst condition".

"Pigs were found roaming inside the campus of the hospital," he said in the notice.

Kanoongo also said that there was an acute shortage of staff.

He has sought the action taken report within three working days.

(With agency inputs)