New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Taking cognizance of deaths of new-born babies in various hospitals of West Bengal, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Tuesday said it has asked the state government to spell out, in detail, the steps taken to tackle the situation.
“We have sought the details from the state government on the measures initiated to tackle the situation,” said panel member Vinod Kumar Tikoo.
Several infant deaths have been reported in various districts of West Bengal including Kolkata, Malda, Burdwan and Berhampore.
“We will intervene in the matter only after receipt of the information from the state government,” Tikoo added.
The NCPCR has also asked the state to work on identifying high risk pregnancies, timely referral and increasing institutional deliveries.
“The commission has asked for the registration details of pregnant mothers from anganwadis for 75 deaths reported in Malda District Hospital between Oct 1 to Nov 23, 2011 and 12 deaths reported in B.C. Roy Hospital with their registration particulars. Details of SNCUs (sick newborn care unit) 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,” Tikoo said.
“The commission has also asked for a status report on the number of newborns covered under the cashless service under each block,” he added.