Doctor Refuses to Treat Pregnant Woman: Govt Assures Action

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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 didn’t 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 didn’t get the money.

Attempts to reach Dr Sha­heena Katoo for her comments failed as both of her mobile phones were switched off. (GNS)

 


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