Baharampur (WB): Authorities on Thursday decided to exhume the body of a baby who was still born at a hospital in Murshidabad after an inquiry committee found that the child's mother was cleaned with a chemical substance after delivery.
After the incident came to light, authorities last night suspended the supervising nurse of the labour room on charges of "negligence" and the district administration ordered exhumation of the still-born baby's body for post mortem.
The three-member inquiry committee formed on Wednesday after the incident, concluded that a chemical substance was used to clean Sikha Bibi's body and ordered a chemical analysis to find out the nature of it, the district's acting chief medical officer (health) Virendra Prasad Shaw said.
Sikha Bibi, who gave birth to a still-born baby at the Lalbagh sub-divisional hospital, said she felt a burning sensation in her waist and legs when the substance was applied to her body at Lalbag sub-divisional hospital on Monday.
Sikha's husband Jinnat Sk and other relatives lodged complaints that they found some black spots on the body of the baby and suspected them to be the result of acidic reaction.
The district administration ordered exhumation of the baby's body to send it for post mortem in view of the family's allegation.
Meanwhile, hospital sources said that an inquiry had been on to fix responsibility on the errant persons and hinted that some heads might roll.
The acting CMO (H) on Wednesday said muriatic acid was used on the patient by mistake instead of antiseptic solution. He also said that the colour of both solutions was similar resulting in confusion.
Sources said that Sikha was recovering from burns.