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Agra’s chief medical officer suspended after infants’ deaths

Lucknow: Taking serious note of three infants’ deaths at Agra’s S N Medical College, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday suspended the chief medical officer (CMO) of the city along with the college’s paediatrics department head.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav took serious note of Monday’s deaths of three infants and ordered immediate suspension of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Himanshu Yadav and head of the medical college’s paediatrics department Dr Rajeshwar Dayal, a state government spokesman said.

He also ordered immediate removal of Dr Ajay Agrawal, incumbent principal of the S N Medical College and appointed Dr S K Garg as the new principal, the official added.

After a report, sought by the chief minister on the issue, established the doctors’ callousness, the chief minister ordered stringent action against them.

Three infants, one of whom was on the ventilator at the S N Medical College’s paediatric department, allegedly died as electricity went off for a long duration on Monday.

Attendants of other children in the same paediatric department told reporters that they were forced to take the kids out of the wards. They spent the night out in the open as the long power outage had left the wards hot and humid, unfit for patients.


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