SONEPUR: A month after a newborn baby was allegedly missing from the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in Sonepur, the health facility is again mired in baby swap allegations that emerged on Wednesday.
Family members of a Banita Jhankar from Gandapali village under Ulunda Block have filed a complaint with the police alleging that their newborn baby was exchanged minutes after giving birth. Banita was admitted to DHH six days ago for childbirth.
On December 24, the family were informed that they had given birth to a baby boy. However, the baby returned to the family after 20 minutes was a girl. “The hospital staff first told us that my wife had given birth to a baby boy, but we were given a baby girl after a while. I want this matter investigated, ”said Bisikesan Jhankar, Banita’s husband, who filed a formal complaint at Sonepur Police Station.
Sonepur IIC Niranjan Das said that based on the complaint, the police investigated the case and found it to be false. No boy was born that day at DHH. Hospital authorities said they had not received any complaints.
“We will investigate the matter and find out whether the allegation is true or false,” added District Chief Medical Officer (CDMO) Dr Ramesh Chandra Swain.