Post-delivery death of woman rocks Rayagada

21 November, 2016

RAYAGADA: In yet another shocking incident of maternal death in Rayagada district due to medical negligence, a 28-year-old woman died within a few hours of delivering her child in the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) here on Sunday.

A woman, A Sridevi of Suri village under Kolnora block of the district was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after developed labour pain and delivered a baby boy at 11 pm. After the delivery as there was no bed available in the maternity ward, she was made to sleep on a mat on the floor.

Later, her condition deteriorated due to profuse bleeding and her kin alerted the medical staff on duty seeking help. But, the staff allegedly did not attend to the patient, said Sridevi’s brother, A Jagdish. A few minutes later Sridevi died for want of medical attention, said her husband G Aditya.

Following the incident, the relatives of Sridevi and some villagers sought immediate action against medical staff. As police swung into action, heated exchange of words between the cops and medical staff took place.  Additional District Medical Officer (ADMO) SP Padhi and NHM District Project Manager Rajesh Patnaik reached the hospital and asured to take action against the staff responsible for negligence leading to the death of Sridevi.

On the other hand Dr Balaram Sahu, the gynaecologist who was on emergency duty, said Sridevi died due to  postpartum haemorrhage and there was no negligence by medical staff.
The new DHH building, inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, is yet to start functioning. Though there is a regular flow of at least 200 to 250 patients a day to the old DHH, it has only 99 bed leading to inconvenience to the patients.

 On September 19, a woman Dhaneya Hanshabansha (32) of Ghagudimala village under Kalyansinghpur block died while being taken to the DHH on a coat in absence of an ambulance to ferry her to the hospital. Her family carried her on a cot for two km from here an ambulance was taking her to Kalyansighpur CHC where she delivered a dead child. Dhenya was referred to DHH, but died on the way due to lack of blood.