A woman delivered twin boys in the compound of the state-run civil hospital here on Saturday, in a shocking case of apathy.
The family of Ritu Singh alleged that hospital authorities did not pay heed to their request for a stretcher for 20 minutes. Hospital authorities, however, rejected the allegation as baseless.
The father of the newborns, Ravinder Singh, is a 28-year-old an inverter battery mechanic. The couples, residents of Garhi Fazidpur village, also have a three-year-old daughter.
Singh said he reached the hospital with his pregnant wife and other relatives around 4.15pm and the babies were born at 4.35 pm.
After the delivery, the family members started sloganeering against hospital authorities and Ritu was finally admitted at 4.50 pm with her premature sons, who weighed around 750 gm and 950 gm.
"When we reached the civil hospital, there was nobody to attend to us. Despite repeated requests, the staff did not provide us a stretcher. We kept on waiting for 20 minutes but nobody turned up. After the babies were delivered, we were furious and demanded immediate medical attention. It was only then that the doctors and nurses rushed to Ritu and admitted her," said Singh.
Chief medical officer Dr Parveen Garg said, "Though I was not in the hospital at that time I have been told that the patient had just arrived and before she could be admitted, she gave birth."
"I am investigating the matter and if any lapse is found, strict action would be taken against the guilty," he added.