OHRC Directs KIMS To Pay Rs 2.5 Lakh For Medical Negligence

26 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Thursday directed Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) to pay compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh to one Shiba Prasad Nanda whose newborn baby died at the Bhubaneswar-based medical institute.

The Commission held the hospital's doctor responsible for medical negligence when he attended the newborn's mother at the time of delivery.

The case dates back to February 2017 when Shiba's wife was admitted to KIMS for delivery. The baby sustained an injury on the scalp during birth and was administered stitches. The child was shifted to the NICU and seven days later the doctors informed about the baby's death.

The father of the child alleged that he noticed 40 stitches on the head of the child during cremation. After this he lodged a case of medical negligence against KIMS and subsequently the matter was taken up by the OHRC.

During the course of investigation, the Commission observed that the doctor could not handle the equipment properly and with care which resulted in the injury. "The doctor was either rash or negligent in using the instrument to facilitate the delivery of the child," the OHRC noted.

In this case, the Commission has ordered KIMS management to pay the compensation to the complainant within two months, failing which the DMET has been directed to take appropriate coercive action.