Newborn's death: Sarkuli inhabitants demand magisterial probe

The inhabitants of Sarkuli, here, Sunday held a protest demonstration over the death of a newborn caused due to alleged negligence of the doctors. The protesters demanded magisterial probe into the incident.

On Saturday, Fatima Begum, a pregnant woman, from Sarkuli area of Kalaroos lost her newborn baby after delivering her in a moving car as she was allegedly denied ambulance by the doctors at the public health community Centre Kalaroos.

The locals of Sarkuli protested outside Public Health Centre Kalaroos and raised slogans against the district authorities.

“This is not the first such incident that happened in our area. We want strict action against the doctors who were negligent,” said Reyaz Ahmad, a protester.

He said since they are from a far flung area “which is the reason that we are being neglected at the medical facility.”

“The doctors stationed here know that no one is going to help us, that is why they tend to be careless,” Reyaz alleged.

Another protester, Rashid Kohli, said: “We are protesting here since early morning and the authorities are nowhere.”

“The CMO Kupwara has not visited this hospital to get the firsthand appraisal, nor has he sent anyone here to hear us,” he said.

When contacted in-charge medical officer Kalaroos Dr. Ramzan said that an enquiry has been initiated into the incident and its report will be submitted to the CMO Kupwara within two working days.

“A committee of two specialist doctors has been constituted by the CMO Kupwara and it will submit its report within two days, and accordingly action will be taken,” he added.

The CMO Kupwara Dr Parladh Singh did not respond to repeated calls from this reporter.