Steep decline in neonatal deaths, claim GB Panth authorities

Srinagar, Dec 15 (KNS): The authorities of the G.B Panth Children’s Government Hospital claimed that there has been steep decline in the neonatal deaths of the hospital.

According to the official data of the hospital out of 17,883 total admissions, 4721 neonatals were admitted in the year 2015 and out of which 158 deaths were reported.

The authorities have mentioned that the total mortality has been continuously decreasing from last seven months.

Medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Shafqat Khan said that in an effort to contribute to better healthcare delivery, the hospital has been always trying to improve upon its previous standards and is now fully prepared to deal with ever increasing rush of patients.

He said that during last few months, many steps have been taken to provide better health care to patients and improving the infrastructure and manpower.

“Many latest type of equipment were procured including 15 invasive and non-invasive ventilator devices, 23 multichannel monitors, 65 radiant warmers and other equipments,” he said.

He said for the better laboratory in the hospital massive up-gradation of laboratory facility has been carried in the hospital there by improving the diagnostic capabilities.

Pertinently, in 2012, more than 500 children died in the hospital during May and August months of that year.

The hospital had been facing severe credibility issues since then and had almost lost the faith of the people. The image rebuilding began after the deaths and considerable improvements have been noticed in the hospital.

“25 truckloads of garbage were removed in August this year with the help of the Municipal authorities and work on construction of new STP wherein work on main sump has got completed.  The choked soakage pits have been cleared and all the defunct bathrooms have been made functional,” the MS said.

The hospital authorities claim that all efforts are being made to prioritize sanitation and turn the hospital in a role model for the state, besides improving other services in the hospital.

“A model Immunization centre is being set up with the help of the Department of Family Welfare J&K. India Today group has recently awarded J&K as the State of States Award for its considerable decrease in it IMR (Infant Mortality Rate),” he said.

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