Sorry state of ailing healthcare: Second death in 6 days at Maternity Hospital, Anantnag

Sorry state of ailing healthcare: Second death in 6 days at Maternity Hospital, Anantnag

“Court inquiry ordered, SSP asked to submit report in 15 days”

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Srinagar: Massive protests were held by locals in Seer Hamdan, Anantnag over the death of a pregnant lady. The protesters castigated the hospital authorities and doctors for their “negligence” demanding the strict action against the erring officials who were on duty. In a swift action, the Block Medical Officer, Mattan, in an order, suspended a medical officer and a nurse “till the pending enquiry in the case”.
This was the second case in a span of 6 days when an another pregnant woman from Kharpora, Anantnag who was admitted in Child and Maternity Hospital, Anantnagafter delivering twins but later on died even the new born children also died. The relatives of the deceased alleged that the doctors were hesitant to “attend her as she hailed from a red zone”.
In an advisory issued by Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. Sameer Mattoosaid, “All pregnant women are to be screened in all red zones and samples are to be taken beyond 34 weeks of gestation, so that delivery of such pregnant woman could be conducted in a safe manner.”
An order issued by the Principal District Session Judge, AnantnagParvezKachroo reads as, “In order to find out the cause of the death of this pregnant woman (yesterday) and the one who died earlier after giving birth to stillborn twins,. I direct Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Annatnag to hold an inquiry into the matter.”
The court said the inquiry should be completed within 15 days and a report submitted to it. “If the enquiry report finds that it is a case of medical negligence, then those responsible for it must be bought to book. The action under the lawmay be initiated against any delinquent official.”
The pregnant women hailing from red zones accused the hospital administration for their negligence due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.
A doctor wishing anonymity said, “Most of the patients particularly hailing from red zones are hiding their address during consultation and we have witnessed few cases like that where a woman forged her address during her treatment and later on she was tested Covid-19 positive.” He said the lockdown situation over the containment of novel Coronavirus is also a factor which leads to the delay in medical care and attention and that delay.
He further said, “We too have families and we are fighting on the forefront and if we take some precautions people should accept that and they shouldn’t get offended.”
Mudasir Ahmad (name changed), an attendant at LD Hospital said, “We were referred to this hospital from Anantnag because of some complications that my wife faced while experiencing the labour pain.” He said that at first we were left unattended even by the nurses at the hospital and later on after being tested my wife were attended by the doctors.
He further added, “I completely understand the risk and challenges which are being faced by the doctors across the Valley but there should be an effective system of quick testing in order to avoid delay for serious patients attending the hospitals.”

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