Biratnagar hospital tense after newborn’s death

Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital

Biratnagar, April 13

Tension ran high at the Nobel Medical College Teaching Hospital in Biratnagar of Morang in eastern Nepal on Tuesday after a newborn died.

The baby of Sarita Pradhan, a resident of Aanpgachhi, Itahari sub-metropolitan city-1 of the neighbouring Sunsari district, had died on Wednesday, April 7. The baby boy was kept in the ICU immediately after the birth, and his death was announced after three hours, informs Manish, the deceased’s father.

However, the kin have not received the body yet, citing he died due to the doctors’ negligence, says Homeshwar Thakur, the Pradhans’ neighbour.

So far, the Pradhans have held three meetings with the hospital administration to settle the issue. During the meetings, the hospital has tried to convince them to end the protests and receive the body along with Rs 100,000 compensation, but the family has been demanding action against the doctors involved.

Meanwhile, the hospital has been denying the charge of negligence. “They (the family) does not listen to the doctors,” the hospital’s manager Narayan Dahal says, “We have told them to file complaints at the concerned authority seeking action against the doctors.”

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