Covid Positive Woman Refused Admission, Delivers Baby At Hospital Gates

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CMO Bandipora Orders Inquiry 

Srinagar: Chief Medical Officer Bandipora has asked doctors at the District Hospital to explain their position within 24 hours after a Covid-19 patient in labour delivered a baby at the hospital gates.

The woman was reportedly denied admission in the hospital after the mandatory test for Covid-19 came positive. Despite pleas by her attendants, the hospital allegedly refused the admission and the woman writhing in pain later delivered a baby at the hospital entrance.

The woman hails from Vewan village of Bandipora and has been identified as Haleema Begum wife of Abdul Aziz Bhat.

Admitting that the incident was embarrassing Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, Dr Bashir Ahmed Lone has asked Medical Superintendent District Hospital Bandipora to explain their position within 24 hours.

“My sister was forced to leave the hospital after she tested positive for Covid-19 and despite writhing in pain she was suggested to go to Covid-19 designated hospital located at Hajin, however, she delivered near the hospital gate,” said Nazir Ahmed.

“It has come to the notice of higher authorities that a Covid-19 labor patient who was fully dilated was brought to hospital today. Doctor on duty has adopted inhuman act & without considering the sensitivity of the case referred the said patient to CHC Hajin and the patient delivered within the premises of District Hospital which is a matter of concern & it reveals negligence on the part of concerned doctors,” the Show Cause Notice issued by the CMO reads.

It further reads that: “In case the concerned doctors would have worn proper protective gear they may have conducted the delivery of the patient and this scene would have been avoided. It has also been observed that Dr Yasmeen Gul Consultant Gynecologist was present and has failed to consider the gravity of the situation and of the case.”

“There are two consultant Gynecologists & one Medical Officer possessing MCH degree posted at District Hospital Bandipora & had they adopted SOP’s nothing would have been done with the said patient.”

Chief Medical Officer further writes that the Department has to cut a sorry figure whereas it was also reported that neither Dr Fancy Bulbul Gynecologist nor Dr Inam-ul-Haq Medical Officer (MCH) was present and it reveals poor supervision and monitoring on your part which has been viewed seriously by the authorities.”

“You are asked to explain your position within 24 hours positively as to why action shall not be initiated against you for dereliction of your duties and in the meantime you are directed to submit an action taken report against the concerned doctors.”  (With inputs from KNT)

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