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New-born's death: autopsy ordered

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VIJAYAWADA, OCT.19. An autopsy has been ordered to ascertain the cause of death of the new-born baby at the Government General Hospital in the city which sparked off a row on October 17.

The forensic science department would conduct the test and submit the findings within three weeks. Besides the autopsy, a departmental inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

It might be mentioned that the 18-year-old Suvarana, a resident of Kalidindi mandal, delivered a girl during the wee hours of October 17. However, on the same day around 12 noon, the child started frothing and died a few minutes later.

Neglect alleged

Ms. Suvarna's mother, Raghavamma, had alleged that child died as it failed to get any medical attention after its birth. Moreover, Raghavamma had charged that even the family members were prevented from taking care of the child by the staff who demanded "bribe" for letting them into the labour ward.

However, the hospital superindentent, G. Ram Prasad, said no action would be taken against any staff members until the receipt of the two inquiry reports.

"Just because somebody has alleged something, it doesn't mean that we should take immediate action. After all, ours is a Government organisation and we need to follow certain rules before taking any disciplinary action," Mr. Prasad said on Tuesday.

Asked what could be the probable reason for the child's death, Mr. Prasad said that preliminary enquiries by the doctors had revealed that Raghavamma in her anxiety to feed the child had fed it with a large quantity of sweetened water.

"Our initial findings had revealed that the child's death could be due to asypyhixia as the sweetened water was administered without our knowledge or consent," Dr. Prasad said.

He said the family members would also be shortly summoned to appear before the inquiry committee headed by the Resident Medical Officer (RMO), R. Anjaneyulu, who would inquire into the circumstances leading to the death of the child.

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