Pregnant woman dies on way to Lal Ded from DH Bla, family alleges medical negligence

07 May, 2016

A 35-year-old pregnant woman died on way to Lal Ded Hospital after being referred from District Hospital (DH) Baramulla due to “medical negligence”. 

Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has ordered inquiry into the incident.

Family members of the deceased lady said Shameema Begum (35) wife of Sajad Ahmad Malik, a resident of Halarpeerniyan, tehsil  Boniyar was admitted in District Hospital Baramulla on May 02 and “the mistreatment of doctors in the hospital led to her death”.

They said, “The doctors in the hospital initially  told them that the lady will undergo normal delivery but on 4th of May the doctors said she will undergo a surgery.”

"First the doctors told us that  there is no need of surgery. Then they on the next day said she will be operated. The patient then delivered a baby girl at around 12 pm on Thursday after being operated by nurses. When the medical staff ill-treated the patient they referred her to LD Hospital Srinagar. As we were about to reach LD Hospital, the patient breathed her last," said Zakir Ahmad Malik, nephew of the deceased who was accompanying the patient.

The family members alleged that the negligence of the medical staff led to the death of the patient.

"At the time of delivery there was no gynaecologist present there and the patient was attended by nurses who could not treat her well," they said.

Another attendant said the patient was crying with labour pain and there was no doctor to treat her.

The family members staged protests against the “guilty” medical staff of the  hospital. They demanded a fair probe and  stern punishment to the guilty.

Pertinently in past, there have been similar complaints where the medical staff faced allegations of negligence.

Directorate of Health Services has constituted a team to enquire into the death of woman.

Medical Superintendent District Hospital Baramulla Dr Syed Masood told Rising Kashmir that they have initiated an enquiry into the matter.

"Actually the patient was under observation from last three days, she was due on 4th of May and there was no need to carry out surgery. The patient underwent normal delivery and developed a post delivery complication which is called as Atonic Uterus, and is a serious complication. We than referred the patient to LD Hospital and unfortunately she  could not survive," he said.

Medical Superintendent said that no surgery was done and it was a normal delivery.

He said the patient was properly examined first by a gynaecologist and at the time of delivery a consultant gynaecologist was treating her.

"Directorate of Health Services have initiated an enquiry into the matter by constituting an enquiry team. We are also looking into it very seriously. Let us investigate and see what led to the death. If it is negligence on part of doctors or other staff, strict action will follow," Medical Superintendent added.

Meanwhile Station House Officer (SHO) Baramulla said an FIR has been registered and investigations have been taken up.