The government-run Mother Child Hospital (MCH), located on the premises of the civil hospital here, witnessed its third death in three days, with Amrita, 23, succumbing on Wednesday.
Amrita, Sujata (22) and Leena (23) had been administered a painkiller injection on Saturday, following which they had complained of severe pain in the stomach. They were referred to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), where Sujata had died on Monday. Leena’s condition is said to be stable.
Another pregnant woman, Hira Moti, died under mysterious circumstances at the MCH on Tuesday after being administered medicines.
An inquiry has already been ordered to verify the authenticity of drugs administered to these women.
According to sources, Amrita, Sujata and Leena were administered IV fluids among some painkillers by doctors at the MCH. Soon, their condition deteriorated and they were sent to the CMCH.
Relatives of Sujata and Hira Moti alleged that doctors did not administer proper medicines and injections to the pregnant women. The health department has taken 12 samples of medicines that were administered to these women and sent these to a Chandigarh laboratory.
Civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal said Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani had told the director, health and family welfare, HS Bali on Monday to visit Ludhiana and obtain all documents related to the patients from the CMCH.
“A high-level inquiry involving doctors of different institutions is going on. The sample test report would be out in a day or two,” said Dr Chhatwal.