Nine more children die in Kota hospital, death toll at 100 in December

KOTA/JAIPUR: At least nine more babies have died at Kota's in the last two days, which has gone to 100 in December 2019.

The number of infant deaths in the same hospital in December 2018 was 77, hospital authorities confirmed Wednesday.

At least nine newborns and babies died at the J K Lon hospital on December 30 and 31. The number of child deaths in December reached 100, hospital superintendent Dr. Suresh Dulara said Wednesday.

He added: “On December 30, four children died and on December 31 five children died. All died mainly due to the low birth weight and the birth weight hypothesis.

The state government on Tuesday ordered hospitals attached to medical colleges to verify the functional status of all medical equipment and send reports.

Last week, prime minister Ashok Gehlot and the health minister, Raghu Sharma, said that most of the children who died were referred to the hospital in critical condition from nearby districts, including neighboring Madhya Pradesh regions.

The hospital superintendent said Wednesday that the number of infant deaths in the hospital in 2019 was lower than in 2018 and the lowest in the last six years.

The deaths of children in J K Lon hospital slipped since 2014

At least 1,005 children died in 2018 in the hospital, while 963 died in 2019, Dulara said. The number of infant deaths at J K Lon Hospital has witnessed a steady decline since 2014 when 1,198 deaths were recorded, which was 7.6% of the 15,719 admitted, according to data from collector Om Kasera and hospital superintendent. The percentage decreased to 7.2% in 2015, 6.6% in 2016, 5.9% in 2017, 6.1% in 2018 and 5.7%, the lowest in 2019, said the hospital's superintendent.

After the controversy over the high number of infant deaths in December 2019, the hospital has strived for the improvement and maintenance of its medical equipment, as well as the reconstruction of pediatric units and deputies to compensate for the insufficiency of medical staff and Nursing. at the hospital.

The director of Medical College Kota, Dr. Vijay Sardana, said: “The units of the pediatric department have been subdivided into three units. The HOD office will be at J K Lon Hospital and the non-teaching unit will work at the New Medical College Hospital facilities.

He added: “A work order was issued for the installation of a central oxygen supply line in the hospital and the work will be completed in 15 days. The proposals for new OPDs and emergency rooms for the departments of pediatrics and gynecology have been incorporated into the OPD block proposed under the Smart City Project ”.

Taking seriously the TOI report on December 30 entitled More than 50% of the devices in the Kota hospital, where the children died dead, the medical education department wrote to the directors and controllers of all medical universities saying: A Immediate inventory of all equipment must be carried out to ensure that all devices are in use and that their annual maintenance contracts (AMC) are in effect.

For equipment whose AMC has not been carried out, the process must begin immediately after inventory, wrote Vaibhav Galriya, chief medical education secretary.

While noting that some equipment could be in the hospital stores after purchase, he ordered a physical verification of the stores to ensure that such machines are identified and put into use immediately.

Galriya has also called doctors while pointing out that hospitals do not properly maintain IPD bed tickets. “It has also been observed in some hospitals that IPD bed tickets are not maintained properly. The history and clinical notes of the patients are incomplete. All departments and treating doctors should be instructed to ensure that adequate registration of patients' medical information is made after admission to the IPD, he said in the circular.

In addition, adequate advice should be made of patients and their assistants. They should be informed about the disease and the health of the patients, he wrote.

To prevent the spread of infection, he noted that microbiological surveillance of operating rooms (OTs) and ICUs should be carried out regularly at least once a month and samples should be taken from all relevant parts of OT and ICU.

Hospitals attached to medical colleges will also ensure that bacteriological reports of the samples detail the bacteria for which the culture is positive or negative and will take curative measures. Standard infection control practices, including hand hygiene, should be guaranteed in all operating rooms, intensive care rooms, work rooms and procedures, according to Galriya's instructions to all medical universities.