Woman delivers baby in hospital compound in Sumbal

Woman delivers baby in hospital compound in Sumbal

DC asks SDM Sumbal to conduct inquiry, seeks report within 3 days

Sajid Raina

Srinagar, June 23 : A pregnant lady on Tuesday gave birth to a baby in the hospital compound in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district after she was allegedly refused treatment by the hospital authorities.

Family members of the lady told the news agency— that the 30-year-old pregnant woman, a resident of Inderkoot, Sumbal was taken to the community health centre (CHC) Sumbal after she complained of labour pain.

They said when they visited the hospital in the morning the doctors refused to treat her instead they asked to get Covid screening done first.

“My wife complained about labour pain and when we reached the hospital they refused to treat her because they asked her to get Covid screening done first and only then we can treat you. She was writhing with pain and she couldn’t bear it. She delivered the baby in the hospital compound,” said her husband.

Soon after the incident family members of the lady protested and raised slogans against the hospital administration. They demanded action against the doctors and hospital staff for alleged medical negligence.

Chief medical officer Bandipora, Bashir Ahmad said as per prima facie there is no medical negligence on part of doctors but still they have constituted a team to look into the matter.

“We are verifying the negligence part. If anyone is found guilty he will be dealt with strictly,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement official spokesperson of district administration Bandipora said that deputy commissioner Bandipora immediately sought preliminary factual report of the incident which suggested that the lady had visited CHC Sumbal at 10:30am.

“Medical Officer on duty attended the patient and advised the patient for COVID test as the expected date of delivery of the patient was 27 July 2020 as per available medical records.”

The spokesperson added that, however, the patient developed labour pain and had precipitated Pre-term labour while waiting for sample collection. “The patient was immediately shifted to the labor room for further management. Presently the mother and her baby are stable and admitted in CHC Sumbal.”

“However to ascertain the actual circumstances and reports of alleged medical negligence in handling the patient an inquiry has been ordered by the Deputy Commission to be conducted by SDM Sumbal who has been asked to submit detailed report within 3 days,” the spokesman said—(KNO)

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