Thane: After Gorakhpur and Nashik, it’s now Thane that’s in the news for neonatal deaths. There have been 47 neonatal deaths in just 5 months and the Thane civil hospital claimed that the rate was lot lesser compared to the state. Neonatal deaths in the biggest public hospital in Thane district has raised serious questions about the management of the hospital and also the state government which is responsible for providing the facilities to public establishments.
There has been reports of 47 neonatal deaths in the last five months due to lack of incubators and other facilities at the civil hospital in Thane. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) protested about this issue by storming the civil surgeon’s office on Thursday asking for an explanation for the deaths.
“There have been 738 neonatal cases in last five months and 47 babies could not survive which is a much lesser rate. The deaths of neonatal babies happen due to various reasons. The civil hospital has incubators but they are not enough. We have written to the ministry, administration about it, and hoping to get the result soon,” stated civil surgeon Dr. Kempi Patil.
Thane civil hospital is a second grade public hospital and therefore, there are no ventilators available. If any baby needs advanced treatment they either have to be admitted to a private hospitals or go to Mumbai. The civil hospital is the last shelter for many villagers who come from distant and tribal regions of the district like Jawhar and Mokhada. These people can’t afford private hospitals. “The lack of facilities have been the main reason for the neonatal deaths and till date the administration of the hospital is not serious about it,” said Ravindra More, zonal president of MNS.
The hospital has a neonatal ward to provide medical aid to premature babies or babies who have serious ailments. These infants have to be kept in incubators. The NICU department has 16 incubators but the birth rate is high and it becomes difficult to provide medical aid to all the children at the same time. Sometimes, the civil hospital has even kept two to three babies in a single incubator. The neonatal babies are more prone to infections and keeping two or more babies in a single incubator increases that risk.