The incident wherein a pregnant woman, Anita Rani, had died, along with her unborn child, at the primary health centre, Jadla, on April 1, has snowballed into a major controversy with family of the victim and doctors trading charges.
On Saturday, Anita's family approached deputy commissioner Tanu M Kashyap and submitted a memorandum, seeking action against Dr Sonia and other staff members of the PHC, who they alleged, were reponsible for the deaths of Anita and her unborn child. They family also sought compensation of Rs 3 lakh, as promised by the the PHC doctor and staff after the incident.
On the other hand, the members of Punjab Civil Medical Association (PCMA), Nawanshahr, on Sunday came out in support of Dr Sonia, saying that the family had taken the services of a quack, identified as Geeta Devi, to treat Anita, resulting in her death.
Anita's husband Ajay Kumar, however, alleged that Dr Sonia and other staff of the PHC at Jadla were responsible for the death of his wife and unborn child.
“During her pregnancy, my wife was being treated by Dr Sonia. I lost my wife and child due to her negligence,” he alleged. He claimed that the doctor had promised to pay a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the family by April 11, but, now, she was backtracking from her promise. He urged the DC to register a murder case against the doctor and other staff of PHC.
PCMA members, including Dr Rajesh Bhatia, Dr Harwinder Singh and Dr Jaswinder Singh, said that some vested interests were politicising the issue. They claimed that quack Geeta Devi treated Anita at her house in Jadla village the whole night and when her condition deteriorated, the quack asked the family to take the patient to a hospital. They said that Anita died within minutes after reaching the PHC.
On compensation, they said that PHC staff had agreed to pay the compensation under pressure in the wake of protests outside the PHC on April 1.
The PCMA members said they would soon meet deputy commissioner and director, health services, with a plea seeking action against the quack.
Probe gives clean chit to PHC doctor
An inquiry conducted by district family and welfare officer Dr Ramesh Thind and district immunisation officer Dr Manohar Lal, too, had held quack Geeta Devi, a resident of Balachaur, responsible for the death of Anita and her unborn child. The inquiry report says that Geeta Devi had administered an injection and glucose to the victim, without having any qualifications to do so.