Increase in infant deaths due to lack of neonatal care in peripheries: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday expressed anguish over infant deaths allegedly due to poor health care system in peripheral hospitals.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan, in a statement, said that it was lack of emergency neonatal care in peripheral hospitals that was responsible for infant deaths.
“Peripheral hospitals lack both life saving equipments and qualified doctors that could save lives of these fragile neonates.The established ‘Sick Neonatal Care Units’ in district hospitals are an eyewash as they lack in infrastructure and trained staff,” he added.
He said that the “commonest cause” of infant mortality was birth asphyxia and neonatal sepsis. “These things happen because of unhygienic deliveries conducted by untrained and unqualified persons in peripheries.”
“It is the ‘golden minute’ that could make a difference between life and death of a fragile neonate,” he added.
He said that the majority of sick neonates, referred from peripheral hospitals to GB Pant hospital, either die on way or reach hospital in a morbid condition as the “golden time which is crucial for their survival is wasted in transit.”
“GB Pant is a tertiary care hospital which has been created for advanced neonatal and paediatric care especially for patients with ‘diagnostic dilemma’.” Dr Nisar said that the purpose of GB Pant hospital was to impart medical education to undergraduates and postgraduates and quality research.
“Some senior doctors, who have failed in teaching and research, have become informers of certain forces and are disseminating incorrect information about GB Pant hospital,” he alleged.
“These doctors, in order to cover up their inefficiencies, are creating confusion among general masses by presenting wrong picture of GB Pant hospital.”