SRINAGAR Government on Monday constituted a committee to look into the allegations of a man that a Gynecologist refused to treat his pregnant wife after the couple refused her offer for Caesarean-section in Anantnag last week.
The committee was constituted on the directions by Commissioner Secretary Health who took cognizance of a media report.
I have directed concerned to inquire into it and take strict action in case the doctor is found at fault, Commissioner Secretary Health, Dr Pawan Kotwal told Srinagar based news agency GNS.
As a follow up Mission Director NHM, J&K, Dr Mohan Singh ordered constitution of the committee for conducting the inquiry.
The committee comprising senior officers of the Directorate along with District Programme Manager Anantnag for NHM has been asked to submit the detailed factual report within three days for submission to the higher authorities so that action under rules can be accordingly effected.
Director General (DG) Health Services, Kashmir, Saleem- Ur-Rehman while confirming that three days time has been given to inquiry committee for submitting the report, assured that strict action will be taken against the doctor if allegations prove correct.
The committee also followed submission of a complaint by Bilal Ahmad Khanday whose wife was refused to be treated by the doctor identified as Dr Shaheena Katoo.
As reported earlier, Bilal Ahmad made an emotional appeal to health authorities on social media after the lady doctor posted at the MCH Anantnag allegedly refused to treat his wife.
Narrating the sequence of events, Khanday said that concerned doctor was treating his wife ever since she conceived early this year. He said as the delivery date came closer, the doctor told him that his wife has to undergo surgery which will be held at her private clinic.
Initially, she demanded Rs 30,000 for the surgery. I pleaded before her that I am a poor man after which she settled for Rs 20, 000, Khanday said, adding Dr Shaheena told me to admit my wife for surgery on Wednesday.
However, before he could take his wife for surgery, Khanday says, his wife developed complications forcing him to take her to Seer hospital.
From there, I went to District Hospital, Anantnag. When Dr Shaheena came to the ward, she identified me and my pregnant wife. She had a cursory look at my wife and said that her baby has died in the womb, Khanday alleged.
He said that the lady doctor also refused to treat his wife even after making a false claim of dead baby.
I fell on her feet and requested her to at least save my wife. She didnt listen. Instead, she referred my wife to Lal Ded hospital in Srinagar, Khanday said.
At the LD hospital, Khanday said that the doctors were puzzled to know that concerned doctor had advised surgery and had declared the baby dead.
My wife had a normal delivery. She was taken very well care by the doctors and the staff at LD, Khanday said, adding Dr Shaheena made false claims that my baby was dead because she didnt get the money.
Attempts to reach Dr Shaheena Katoo for her comments failed as both of her mobile phones were switched off. (GNS)