Lack of stretcher claims lives of pregnant woman, baby in Mirzapur

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept. 10 : Deteriorating health facilities at hospitals in Uttar Pradesh have been magnified after a man in Mirzapur was forced to carry his pregnant daughter-in-law to the emergency ward of the district hospital as no stretcher was available.

The pregnant woman, however, died after giving birth to a stillborn baby during a caesarean operation.

The relatives of the deceased accused the doctors of negligence. "We brought her (victim) to the district hospital at 3 a.m., where she was diagnosed with diarrhoea. We waited for doctor till 8 a.m. but since no one was available, we took her to a private hospital where they refused to treat her," kin of the deceased woman said.

"Due to doctor's negligence, my daughter-in-law and her baby died. We tried our best to save them," said the woman's tearful father-in-law. However, the hospital authorities dismissed the allegations, saying that proper care was provided to the woman.

"Baby had died even before woman was operated upon; there was no delay in delivery from our side," said.

Dr Sanjay Pandey, the hospital's Chief Medical Superintendent..

Source: ANI