Govt orders probe in death of woman due to alleged medical negligence

A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the death of a 30-year-old pregnant lady due to alleged medical negligence of the doctors at Maternity and Childcare hospital Anantnag in the wee hours on Wednesday.

Shobi Jan wife of Muhamad Hussain Bhat of Sarnal locality of the town died after she, according to her family, was left unattended by the doctors for hours together.

“Complying with the advice of the doctors, I took my wife to the hospital at around 10:30 am on Tuesday. All her in investigations were conducted- BP, Blood sugar, USG and they were all normal. Her HB was 11,” said her husband Muhamad Hussain.

He said this was their second child and the doctors fixed the delivery at 2:00 pm even as she was told that she is expected to deliver normally without going through caeserian section,” said he.

He said that no doctor turned up at the scheduled time and she was kept waiting till late at night.

“Even as we approached the paramedic staff and the doctors but they did not respond. It was only around 2:30 am in the night after one of our female relatives informed the doctors and nurses that her foetal movements have stopped that my wife was taken to labor room,” Hussain said.

In the labor room, he said, Shobi was left unattended and no one from the family including him was allowed to enter.

“The doctors and nurses on duty told me she needs few blood points but when I told them that she had 11-gram blood they were left red-faced. Finally, she was taken to operation theatre at around 3 a.m,” said Hussain.

“My wife had died before she could be operated upon but the medicos kept me in dark. Later, I was suddenly told that she has died of shock and it was at around 6:30 a.m. that the operation theatre was opened only after a police team reached the hospital,” he said.

After performing the last rites of Shobi her family staged protests at Maternity hospital demanding stringent action against the erring doctors and paramedics.

Shobi has left behind her four-year-old son Muhamad Hamad.

“It is nothing but murder,” said Hussain. 

Meanwhile, Divisional Kashmir Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan has ordered an inquiry into the incident and has sought a report within a week.

“Whosoever is found guilty of negligence would be dealt sternly,” Khan said.

Director of Health Services Kashmir, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag and medical superintendent MCH Anantnag has also ordered a probe to ascertain the circumstances that lead to the death of a young lady.

“We have formed our own team that has been asked to submit the report at an earliest. The action will follow based on the inquiry report,” MS MCH Anantnag Dr. MY Zagoo told Greater Kashmir.

Meanwhile, police have taken cognizance of the matter and started investigations.

“The family has come with a complaint and as such action will be taken against the medicos found to be negligent,” a police officer said.