Berhampur (Odisha): The much-hyped special newborn care unit (SNCU) at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here is functioning without ventilators, intensive care units (ICU) and some other necessary equipments, even though it handles on an average 50 newborns daily. Machines like bubble CPAP, ABG, portable x-ray machines along with the central oxygen supply for the SNCU are essential to take care of the newborns in the unit. "We are facing difficulty in managing serious cases, generally referred to the hospital," said a senior doctor. The death of the nine newborn babies at VSS Medical College and Hospital, Burla on Saturday has also exposed the lack of infrastructure facilities in over one-year-old SNCU at MKCG Medical College and Hospital, the biggest referral hospital in southern Odisha. The delivered mothers are seen sleeping on the floor outside the SNCU, while two to three babies are seen lying in the small bed. "We don`t have sufficient beds for mothers," said medical college superintendent A K Behera.
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