Hyderabad, August 18 (INN): Defending the government doctors, Medical Education Minister Kondru Murali Mohan on Saturday stated that infant deaths in SVR Ruia Hospital at Tirupati and MGM Hospital of Warangal occurred mainly due to other health complications.
Talking to media persons at the State Secretariat, the Health Minister said that there was no negligence on the part of doctors in connection with death of infants reported in these hospitals. He said that many children died due to low birth weight and respiratory problems. He said that the government has appointed a three member medical experts' team from Niloufer Hospital to probe the infant deaths in Ruia Hospital. Based on the probe report, he said that the government would take action against the doctors, if they were found to be guilty in discharging their duties.
Stating that the media has exaggerated the infants' death issue, he said that there was no shortage of oxygen and ventilators in the government hospitals. He criticized Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu for holding the government responsible for infant deaths.
The Minister said that the government was taking all measures to provide additional bed strength of 150 at Ruia Hospital, 450 at Niloufer hospital and 150 at MGM Hospital by the end of this financial year. He said that the government would also install five ventilators each for every 100 bed hospitals in the rural areas to meet the international health standards. (INN)