In yet another incident of medical negligence, a woman along with her eight-month-old daughter was allegedly ousted from Chattarpur district hospital half an hour after she underwent sterilisation surgery on Thursday.
Urmila Patel (35), from Rampura village, had come to the district hospital for her sterilisation surgery. The mother of four daughters had come with her youngest daughter and an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) Poornima Saxena from the health centre in her village.
Urmila said the doctor had asked her to rest till evening but the ward boy ousted her from the ward.
“I was unconscious and made to lie down on the roadside along with my baby,” she said.
Chief medical and health officer, VK Gupta said, “We will look into the matter. Usually after an LTT or sterilisation operation, a patient is made to stay for 6-7 hours or for 2 days, if the case is critical.”
The midwife Poornima also alleged that the hospital staff threw Urmila out. “She was very weak and unconscious. It was extreme negligence on the part of hospital staff. She could have contracted infections. Imagine lying down on road with your baby in such hot weather.”
Bihari Lal Patel, Urmila‘s husband said he came to know about the incident later, but could not do much. “We are poor people. There was no one who would listen to us.”
This is the fourth case of medical negligence in Madhya Pradesh over the last 15 days.
On August 29, a man took his pregnant daughter on bicycle for six km in Chattarpur district as there was no ambulance service.
A day before that, a pregnant woman from Madrawal village in Rewa district was carried to the hospital on a tractor’s cultivator after she went into labour and the 108 ambulance failed to show up.
On August 27, a heavily pregnant Sandhya Yadav of Samretha village in Chattarpur district trudged 6 km on unpaved road and waded across a muddy canal before taking a taxi to reach a community health centre.