In an incident that looks like scene from a horror movie a 10-day old infant, who was undergoing treatment at the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur, was fatally bitten by rats.
The rats gnawed him in the wee hours of Wednesday. The infant was undergoing treatment for congenital urinary tract disorder.
They had also scratched his face and left him bleeding profusely when his parents found him.
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The parents, after finding their son in such horrific condition, immediately called for the on-duty doctor.
Left inconsolable after the death of her young son, Chavali Lakshmi, the mother of the kid told TOI:
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“My son was not killed by the rats. He was killed by the doctors and staff at GGH,”
She and her husband, Ch Nagaraju, alleged that the hospital authorities had ignored the situation and failed to take any action, despite the fact that they repeatedly requested to prevent the entry of rats into the hospital’s NICU as this was not the first time that the child was attacked by rats. In the past two days, he had been bitten twice.
Ch Nagaraju told TOI:
“We suspected the danger a week ago and requested the staff to save our son. They were not bothered as they did not take our word seriously,”
GGH superintendent T Venugopala Rao, has assured the parents that he would look into the incident and take strict action on the errant staff.
The news about the kid’s death, has created ripples across the city of Guntur causing many to come out and protest against the hospital and hospital staff. On hearing about the attack, Andhra Pradesh health minister Kamineni Srinivas has now ordered an enquiry into the matter.
Looking at the fact that the kid was in NICU and yet had no one monitoring him, one can only say that even if the doctors didn’t kill the kid, their negligence did.