The administration at the Holy Family Hospital on Tuesday suspended five staffers and four doctors after a rat scratched and bit a newborn in the gynaecology ward on Monday, Express News reported.
According to Express News correspondent Adnan Mukhtar, the nurse in-charge, two nurses and two sanitary workers were suspended during a meeting of the administration, which is currently discussing as to whose negligence led to the incident.
Medical Superintendent Captain Fayyaz said that previously another child was scratched by a rat, but had survived. He questioned how the rat reached the beds in the ward.
The deputy medical superintendent at the hospital said that it was not in their authority to suspend grade-17 or above doctors.
After the incident occurred yesterday senior hospital officials had clarified that the deceased baby was stillborn.
After the delivery, the doctors shifted the mother, Rahila Bibi, to the gynaecology ward and kept the baby in the nursery.
HFH Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Muhammad Fiaz had announced that a four-member inquiry committee comprising Additional MS (AMS) Dr Tariq Masood Niazi, Administration Deputy (MS) Dr Farooq Khasana, AMS Asima Ahsan and Nursing Superintendent Prem Rose would meet on Tuesday to determine if staff negligence led to the injury.
The Punjab government though issued a notice late on Tuesday that all hospitals in the province must be cleared of rodents and other animals within a fortnight.