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Death of twins due to alleged negligence of health department

Delay in medical assistance and negligence allegedly led to death of twins in Betul district.

bhopal Updated: Apr 20, 2017 22:17 IST

Rajesh Bhatia, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Bhopal/Betul: Delay in medical assistance and negligence allegedly led to death of twins in Betul district.

Relatives of a woman have alleged there was no ambulance for an hour or so whereas the woman Pramila Bai, a resident of Mundapar village needed immediate medical for her delivery.

The relatives made the call on 108 ambulance service about 10.30 am. However, the ambulance reached the village after an hour. After that she could be rushed to the community health centre (CHC) at Multai town. It took about an hour or so for the ambulance to reach Multai.

However, she delivered a baby in the ambulance itself and the baby died before the woman could reach the CHC.

Writhing with pain and suffering from bleeding the woman requested immediate medical help at Multai. However, the staff allegedly refused to admit her in the health centre as the case was complicated and referred her to the district hospital, Betul.

In between, the CHC staff administered a saline solution to her but instead of any CHC staff holding the bottle in his hand the bottle was given to the woman herself to hold it while she was taken to another ambulance for Betul on a wheel-chair. Here too, the woman had to wait for another ambulance for half an hour.

In Betul she delivered another twin but it too died sometime after delivery.

Relative of the woman Tamura Bai alleged the twins died due to negligence of ambulance service and then the CHC, Multai staff.

Social activist Aqueel Ahmed said it was a very serious matter and showed how the health services in Madhya Pradesh were running. On one hand the government launched ‘Janani suraksha yojna’ and talked of promoting institutional delivery but on the other hand women who expected delivery didn’t get ambulance and medical assistance on time.

He said while twins died due to negligence of the health department the woman could have lost her life too. Hence, severe punishment should be given to those who were found responsible in inquiry.

Chief medical health officer (CMHO), Betul Dr Pradeep Moses said the matter was serious. He will conduct an inquiry into the charges of negligence and initiate action against the guilty.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 22:17 IST

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