NCPCR directs WB govt. to enumerate steps to prevent infant deaths
Taking cognizance of neonatal deaths in various hospitals of West Bengal, viz Kolkata, Malda, Burdwan and Berhampore etc, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the State Government to spell out in detail steps taken to tackle the situation.
“We have sought the details from the State Government on the measures initiated to tackle the situation,’’ said Vinod Kumar Tikoo, Member, NCPCR.
We will intervene in the matter only after receipt of the information from the State Government, he added.
The Central body has asked for details of the mechanism put in place by the administration to deal with identification of high risk pregnancies, their timely referral and promotion of institutionalised deliveries, the arrangements to strengthen the infrastructure and required number of trained personnel in PHCs, its sub-centers and Anganwadi centers.
The Commission has asked for the registration details of pregnant mothers from Anganwadis for 75 deaths reported in Malda District Hospital between October 1 to November 23, 2011 and 12 deaths reported in BC Roy Hospital with their registration particulars. Details of SNCUs made operational till date district wise with number of beds in each SNCU has also been sought along with the details on strengthening the Medical staff in the hospital.
The Commission has also asked for a status report on the number of newborns covered under the cash less service under each block and number of Nischay Jan/Matri Jan selected and trained under the same.