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Baby Death Saddens Bhatnagar

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar says she is saddened by another baby death, this time in Labasa. “We are carrying out investigation and if need be
01 Jul 2016 10:48
Baby Death Saddens Bhatnagar
From Left: Kazel Reddy with mother Bhavana Nair, in laws Jai Wati and Mohammed Hussain at Vunivau in Labasa yesterday.

Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar says she is saddened by another baby death, this time in Labasa.

“We are carrying out investigation and if need be I will travel to Labasa to meet this family,” Ms Bhatnagar said.

She was commenting after coming out of a meeting in Suva that discussed the mysterious death of  a day-old baby at the CWM Hospital in Suva on June 16.

In Labasa, a family is upset over the death of their six-week-old baby girl at Labasa Hospital.

Mother Bhavna Nair claimed medical negligence caused her death. She alleged wrong instructions for administering medication were given.

Yesterday at her home at Vunivau in Labasa, she sat down crying with her in-laws Jai Wati and Mohammed Hussain  as she said her last goodbye to her daughter, Angel Reddy.

“I can’t believe my eyes that I have lost my daughter within few weeks of giving birth to her,” Mrs Nair said.

“I didn’t lodge a written complaint at the Labasa Hospital because as usual, doctors would try to save each other and hide the case.

“Last week Wednesday I took my baby for her normal clinic to get injection at the health centre at Ro Qomate House in Labasa,” she said.

“After the clinic we returned home and the baby did cry for a while but then she was fine until Friday night.

“She had fever and diarrhoea. So I gave her 0.5ml Elixir.

“On Saturday morning there was no improvement so I took my baby to Labasa Hospital.

“The intern doctor just saw my baby and said she had fever and instructed to give 2ml of Elixir.

“She didn’t even touch her and said come for review on Monday.

“A nurse at the outpatient said if I had given 2ml Elixir then my baby would have been fine.

“After the instructions from two medical professionals, I gave 1.8ml Elixir mixed with milk and fed her.

“However, later on Sunday she began having short breath and we took her to Labasa Hospital emergency ward.

“The baby doctor, Mrs Kali came and said I shouldn’t have given 2ml Elixir.

“Mrs Kali said baby below the age of three months were not allowed to have 2ml Elixir.

“The doctors put my baby on drips and gave blood transfusion (BTF) and later transferred her to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Later in the evening the doctors said my baby passed away.

“In the post mortem result it stated that she died from Pneumonia and gastric.”

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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