Malappuram: In what seems to be the worst case of neonatal care in Kerala, newborns and their mothers were left on the corridors of the Mancheri Medical College Hospital here.
The overcrowded hospital was unable to provide beds to them, making them vulnerable to bacterial infections. Even women who underwent c-section deliveries were made to lie on the corridor.
Protests erupted after Manorama News aired reports of the shocking situation. District collector Amit Meena visited the hospital. Youth Congress and Youth League workers staged protests in front of the hospital. They even tried to block Meena.
The collector later held discussions with the principal, the hospital superintendent and some political leaders.
The hospital sees on an average 20 deliveries a day. And the practice of shifting newborns and mothers to the veranda on the day of the delivery is not new in this hospital. Last month, the hospital had reportedly hushed up a case of an infection to a baby.
The hospital authorities explained that such situations arose because the maternity ward was full to its capacity. The long-row of newborns and mothers on the corridor extend up to the ward of mentally ill patients in the hospital, forcing the nursing mothers to go through an agonizing experience.