Tensions brewed between doctors and the government over the latter's plan to add 2,000 to the country's medical school enrollment quota next year.
The state health department closed down a nursing home in Habra in North 24-Parganas after the death of four newborn babies in November. Swasthya Bhaban , state health department headquarters was prompted to take drastic steps against the nursing home after parents of some deceased cribs lodged complaints with the concerned authorities in the district. It’s learnt that the condition of three newborns deteriorated after their births at the nursing home, last month.
They were rushed to a hospital in the Phoolbagan in Kolkata but all of them died there. The fourth infant, who was taken to the state-run B C Roy Hospital for Children and Institute of Paediatric Science in Beliaghata in critical condition also succumbed to severe illness. Sources in the district administration said a team of experts in the health department visited the nursing home on Friday and verified documents and infrastructure facilities regarding newborn care at the unit.
The expert team found that the nursing home was not well-equipped with the adequate infrastructure, including specialized doctors for treatment of neonatal cases. “A notice to close down the unit has been issued to its owner by the district health administration. It can be operational admitting patients again if the owner complies with all infrastructure facilities,” said a senior administrative officer in the Barasat sub-division office. Dr Samudra Sengupta, chief medical officer of health (CMOH) of North 24-Parganas was not available for comment.