HC seeks details of maternity care at SKIMS Bemina Hospital

The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to report within four weeks about the facilities available for women and children at SKIMS Bemina hospital here. 

After treating a representation of an NGO as Public Interest Litigation (PIL), a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar asked the government to respond to the petition.   

The court impleaded J&K state through its Secretary Health and Medical Education and SKIMS Bemina hospital through its superintendent as respondents and issued notices to them. States additional Advocate General Shah Aamir accepted notice on behalf of the government.

The court directed the authorities to place on record within four weeks the facilities available for women and children including pregnant women in the hospital, listing the case on 5 July.  The directions came after the court treated as PIL a representation it had received from Malik Sajad- president of NGO for Initiation for Peace and Development.

The representation had sought court’s intervention to insufficient facilities for women and children at SKIMS Bemina hospital.

In the representation it was highlighted that huge rush of patients is seen in the corridors of the SKIMS Bemina hospital and two to three pregnant patients are seen lying on a single bed. “The OPDs are so crowded in all the departments particularly in gynecology and pediatric department that there is a risk of stampede and weaker patients are vulnerable to injury,”