Death of pregnant lady sparks protest

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The death of a pregnant female due to excessive loss of blood stirred a massive protest at Sub-District Hospital Hajin in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district while the protesters who accused doctors of negligence demanded stringent punishment for the ‘erring’ doctors.

“I admitted my wife Rubeena (26) in the hospital after she developed labour pain on Wednesday. After surgery, she developed some complications and in a bid to save their skin, the doctors referred her to SKIMS Trust Hospital Srinagar but she died on way,” said the husband of the deceased woman, Sajad Ahmed who is a resident of Bangar Mohalla Hajin.

“My wife despite breathing her last in the ambulance was taken to Srinagar hospital where doctors declared her brought dead,” Sajad said alleging that it was the sheer negligence on part of the doctors who didn’t refer her to Srinagar hospital in time.

As the news about the death of Rubeena spread in the area, scores of people assembled outside Sub-District Hospital Hajin and staged a massive protest against the ‘erring’ doctors. The protesters alleged that young Rubeena died to blood loss and the doctors failed to control her bleeding.

The protesters disrupted traffic and amid anti-hospital authorities slogans threatened to attack the hospital. Sensing trouble Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Tehsildar Sumbal and Block Medical Officer Hajin rushed to the spot and pacified the protesters. The officials assured justice to the them and ordered a time bound thorough probe into the matter within 21 days.

Block Medical Officer Dr Tariq told CNS that the patient was fully dilated and the baby was in outlet when her family brought her in hospital. “The operation was conducted by Dr Ifshana in a smooth manner and the patient delivered a baby girl. She was anaemic and needed blood and that is why we referred her to Trust Hospital SKIMS where she died during the intervening night ofFriday and Saturday.

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