Pregnant woman’s death triggers protest in Anantnag

The death of a pregnant woman evoked a protest in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday with the family alleging medical negligence as the reason behind the death.

The protesters, comprising of the deceased’s family members,raised slogans against the staff of Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH),Anantnag. They also demanded stern action against the “guilty”.

Reports said that 25-year-old Shazia Jan, wife of Rouf Ahmedof Shamsipora, Anantnag, was admitted in MCCH Anantnag on Wednesday after shecomplained of labour pain.

“She was operated on the same day, but on the next day(Thursday), the doctors referred her to Lala Ded hospital, Srinagar. She diedon the way,” the family said.

They alleged, “The doctors at MCCH did not properly operateher, due to which she was referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment. She dieddue to their (doctors’) negligence.”

On being contacted, Medical Superintendent, MCCH Anantnag,Dr M Y Zagoo, denied the allegations and claimed that the woman was operatedunder proper procedure, but she was referred to Srinagar as her blood pressurewas high.

“A day after she was operated, her blood pressure rose. Wetried our best, but could not control the rising blood pressure. That is why wereferred her to Srinagar, but she died on the way after suffering a cardiacarrest,” Zagoo said.

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