June 7, 2016 3:16:51 am
The Bombay High Court on Monday told the state government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to inform it about the steps taken by the state and the local body for ascertaining the requirement for neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in hospitals run by them in the city.
A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice A A Sayed also told the authorities to place on record the number of deliveries and admission of children in the NICU wards in state and civic-run hospitals in 2014, 2015 and for 2016 till May-end besides specifying the child mortality rate.
The bench gave these directions while hearing a suo-moto public interest litigation filed after a newspaper report highlighted the shortage of NICU wards, babies — suffering from severe ailments — who were being kept in thermocol boxes and the huge waitlist for admission.
The court also told the state government to place on record the norms laid down by the central government with regard to the NICU beds which require to be provided per hospital.
“The BMC and the state government should produce on record specifying the number of deliveries in such hospitals for 2014, 2015 and from January 2016 to May 2016. The report should also specify the number of neonatal intensive care units in hospitals for the same period besides specifying the child mortality rate,” said the High Court.
“The government and the corporation shall further inform us whether different exercise has been carried out by them to ascertain NICU beds required,” the court added.
According to the information provided to the court, there are 593 neonatal beds in the state with 12,500 deliveries in 2013. The court has adjourned the matter for further hearing on July 15.
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