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Demonetisation effect: Mumbai Newborn dies of non-acceptance of old currency

It was on November 9 that Kiran went into early labour and the situation got out of hand even before she could be taken into hospital.

The storm infront of banks and ATMs continues, while government keeps on updating the norms for acceptance of demonetised monet. On November 8, Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes ceased to be legal tender and the chaos across teh country began. However, Government clarified that Hospitals, Railways, Metro, Payment of Utility Bills etc would be accepting the higher currency denominations for a few days depending upon different functions. But the uncertainty has created havoc. Worst of them has been highlighted today.

In a report of Huffington Post it has been reported that a newborn in Govandi, Mumbai died allegedly after his parents attempted to deposit the cash in the hospital in ₹500 notes, and the hospital refused to accept the same. Consequently, the doctors also refused to treat the baby.

A report in Mumbai Mirror said that Kiran Sharma, wife of a carpenter Jagdish Sharma was due for delivery on December 7. She had been under the supervision of one Dr Sheetal Kamath of Jeevan Jyot Hospital and Nursing Home. It was on November 9 that Kiran went into early labour and the situation got out of hand even before she could be taken into hospital. The baby was delivered at home with family around and mother and child were soon rushed to Jeevan Jyot Hospital and Dr Kamath, the report said.

It has been alleged in the reports that while the doctor extended Kiran some preliminary care, she refused to provide any further treatment to the mother, or the premature infant, until Rs 6000 was deposited in the hospital. It was on November 9 when the banks and ATMs were shut, so family had no way to withdraw that amount of money in currency denomination of ₹100. They went back and a day later, the baby’s condition worsened. He was rushed to another doctor but died waiting for their turn.

The report added that this happened despite the government issuing a directive asking all hospitals to accept the scrapped notes till November 11. Kamath told Mumbai Mirror that, “I carried out the primary checkups and the necessary intervention. But she could not pay for the treatment with valid currency, so how could I forcibly admit her?”

A complaint has been lodged at the Sivaji Nagar police station.

However, following the allegations on Social media Dr Kamath had blamed Mumbai Mirror for altering the facts and statements given by the doctor, but the daily hit right back claiming that they have proof of doctor’s statement and they had been told exactly what they had reported.  

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