Father of deceased newborn blames doctors

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A man from the Mekong Delta who blames local doctors for his newborn daughter's death during delivery took the baby's body to the Ca Mau Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital Saturday and demanded an explanation.

The man, Nguyan Van Luan, left after the hospital director promised him an official statement on the case this week.

Luan said he took his wife Le Thi Kieu Nga, 27, to the hospital when she went into labor on the night of June 15.

At the hospital, he asked doctors to conduct a cesarean section for his wife because she was unable to deliver and suffering serious pain.

However, the operation was only conducted at 9 a.m. June 16. Doctors said the baby weighed 3.2 kilograms (7 lbs) and had died earlier.

Luan said the staff on duty was indifferent and should be held responsible for the baby's death. He told Thanh Nien he would request a police investigation into the case.

Dang Be Nam, the hospital director, said preliminary inspections found that doctors and nurses in charge had followed procedures strictly in Nga's case.

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At least 14 mothers and babies have died during births across Vietnam over the past two months, prompting deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan to instruct the health ministry to strictly review all such cases.

He also ordered the ministry to improve its maternal health care system.

At a recent conference in HCMC, health officials said the maternal mortality rate in Vietnam is 75 per 100,000 live births, more than five times the rate in developed countries.

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