13 Children Die In 18 Days In Keonjhar Hospital, Families Allege Medical Negligence

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

A total of 13 children admitted to the district headquarters hospital in Keonjhar have died within this month including four deaths in the last two days, informed ADMO Kishore Prusty on Sunday.

Among the recent deaths, one child died on Saturday while three others were reported dead on Sunday. Out of a total of 122 children admitted to the hospital this month, 13 have died till September 18. Deepesh Nayak, the father of a deceased child alleged that there was no doctor at the hospital during the admission of his son on Saturday. The doctor arrived in the morning and informed him that his child has passed away.

Following the deaths, tension erupted on the premises of the hospital as the families alleged medical negligence. On getting information, a police team led by the local SDPO reached the hospital and tried to control the situation. ADMO Prusty said that an inquiry will be conducted over the allegations and action will be taken accordingly.


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