New born declared dead turned out to be alive during burial in Banihal; two suspended


BANIHAL, MAY 23: Locals from village Bankoot arround 3 kilometres from Banihal town held a protest demonstration at SDH Banihal against doctors and other staff who allegedly declared a newly born girl baby dead after a normal delivery .

The lady who delivers the baby was identified as Shameema Begum wife of  Basharat Ahmed Gujjar a resident of Gujjar Basti Bankoot Banihal.

The baby was found alive during burial proces.

The protesting locals of Bankoot Banihal were led by local sarpanch  Mohammad Alyas Wani and Gujjar leader Choudhary Mansoor also a panch of victims locality alleged that the doctors and other staff at SDH Banihal had declared a newly born baby (girl) dead after a normal delivery Monday morning .

They said the newly born dead baby  was buried in a graveyard of  nearby village Hollan Banihal which ( burial) was later objected by the locals of Hollan . They said objection of burial forced them to dig out the body for burial at another place but surprisingly the baby was found alive and crying. 

The relatives of the Baby said we shifted the baby back to Banihal hospital from where she was shifted to Kashmir hospital for treatment.  They said this is height of negligence and non-professionalism on the part of doctors and other staff posted at SDH Banihal. They were  demanding strict action against doctors and staff responsible for this kind of negligence.

When contacted CMO Ramban, Dr Fareed Bhat, he has set up a three member committee led by Dy CMO to probe the matter. Meanwhile, two employees of labor room, a sister and a sweeper of gyne section of hospital have been suspended immediately and further investigation are in progress.