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 Ahmed of Shamsipora, Anantnag, was admitted in MCCH Anantnag on Wednesday after she complained 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 died on the way,” the family said.

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

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

“A day after she was operated, her blood pressure rose. We tried our best, but could not control the rising blood pressure. That is why we referred her to Srinagar, but she died on the way after suffering a cardiac arrest,” Zagoo said.