Kolkata: The West Bengal Health Ministry headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given clean chit to the management of two government hospitals in incidents of turning away a pregnant woman and missing infant case.

Talking to the reporters on Sunday, Health Secretary Sanjay Mitra said, “The preliminary investigations have revealed that the pregnant woman Usha Devi was never brought to Shambhunath Pandit Hospital or Chittaranjan Shishu Sadan as no such case has been found in the records.”

According to Usha’s daughter, the police had brought her mother’s body along with two newborns in serious condition to the SSKM hospital.

However, the Health Secretary said the matter is being investigated by the police. He assured strict action against the hospital or the staff upon being found guilty in the final report.

In another case, the Chittaranjan National Medical College Hospital blamed the mother and the family for the missing infant. Attributing the blame for the child theft on mother, Mitra said, “If the mother is careless towards the child, what can the management do? The woman who stole the child was with the family in the hospital since two days and she even possessed the green card issued for attendant by the hospital.”

Mitra questioned how the woman was able to get a green card which was given to the family?
Distancing from responsibility, the health secretary said, “There is tremendous rush of patients and attendants at the hospital and it is increasing day by day. Ten crore people had come to the hospitals last year alone, and the management is helpless in controlling this huge turnout.”

Mitra added, “Several attendants exit the hospital together and the women took advantage of the crowd to flee with the infant.” However, he assured increased security at the hospital.

(JPN/Bureau)