<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four trees are one of reasons why a government hospital in Nashik failed to save the lives of 55 infants. Over 200 infants died at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Nashik Civil Hospital since April this year due to lack of incubators.There are currently 18 incubators at the SNCU, which are not sufficient to care for pre-mature babies who weigh less than 2.5 kgs at birth. A proposal to make a four-storey building in a garden plot inside the premises meant for children and women care was sanctioned by the state government last year.Though the project was ceremoniously inaugurated in November 2016, and a budget of Rs 21 crore was sanctioned, not a single brick has been laid so far.
ALSO READ Other hospitals have been referring newborns to Nashik Civil HospitalThe reason: the municipal corporation did not give the hospital the permission to cut down four trees, which are around 30 years old, that are growing in the plot where the building is to be raised.According to Nashik District Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale the new building would house another SNCU that would hold 20 more incubators. “The Additional Commissioner has now approved and given permission to construct the building,” Dr Jagdale said. “They might tell us to transplant smaller trees, which are around 10 years old, from the plot. The permissions should come within a week.”As per the hospital, 10 new babies are admitted to the hospital every day, on an average. According to the status of their health, the duration of their stay at the SNCU is decided – some babies need to stay for more than a month.Out of the 55 infants that died in August in the SNCU unit, 18 died within six hours of admission. Jagdale says, “50% of infants are admitted to the hospital when they are in the last stage. It takes a minimum of three days for a baby to get infected. Of the 55 infants that died,18 passed away because they were in the final stage. We can’t say that they are dying due to an infection. The main cause is premature delivery and the malnourished condition of the mother during pregnancy.”Speaking about the temporary solution, Dr Deepak Sawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, said, “We have decided to add five more incubators in the adjacent ward. We have 18 incubators, which is more than the guidelines given by the central government. The number of cases admitted to the SNCU that need incubators are increasing every year mainly due to the inflow from private and local hospitals.”According to Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.
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