Mother of the infant alleged that doctors inserted a swab sample collection kit into the nose of the infant and soon after he started bleeding from his nose
Mother of the infant alleged that doctors inserted a swab sample collection kit into the nose of the infant and soon after he started bleeding from his nose|Representational image
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Tripura: Family demands compensation as 3-day-old baby dies after swab sample collection

A 3-day-old infant died hours after his samples were collected at GBP Hospital in Agartala on August 12

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Two weeks after a three-day-old baby allegedly succumbed to injuries after doctors collected his swab samples at Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in Agartala, the mother has filed an FIR against the doctors on charges of negligence and demanded compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh from the Tripura government.

The three-day-old infant died hours after his samples were collected by heath workers at GBP hospital in Agartala on August 12.

In a letter addressed to the principal secretary health department, director of health services and medical superintendent AGMC & GBP hospital, Papiya Paul Saha, the mother of the baby said that the death has been caused due to the negligence and carelessness of the doctors concerned and medical staff of the hospital.

“On August 10, delivered a healthy male child, at hospital, Thereafter, the concerned doctors & staff of the hospital, informed me that Covid test of my child was required. I objected. Despite my objection, my child was subjected to Covid test. Some staff of the hospital tried to collect swab from my child & in the course of such collection he suffered injury & there was profuse bleeding & after sometimes my child died," she wrote.

Saha also alleged that despite her demand, her medical documents as well as medical documents of my child have not been given to her and she demanded an inquiry by experts who are from outside the hospital.

“After going through the labour pain for nine months, I delivered a healthy child. But my child has not been allowed to live due to the carelessness & negligence of the hospital. My child cannot be given back & my loss is beyond compensation. However, the hospital & govt have moral responsibility & liability to compensate me, by paying compensation of Rs. 10 lakh," she added.

Health services director Dr Subhasis Debbarma said that a day after the death of the baby, a three-member committee was formed for a departmental inquiry over the incident.

“The committee has submitted its report to the state government with their observations and findings which resulted in the death of the 3-day-old baby," Debbarma said.

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