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Pregnant lady dies in Anantnag due to medical negligence, alleges family

Anantnag: Massive protests erupted in Seer Hamdan area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday morning after a 25-year old pregnant lady died in child & Maternity hospital here. Soon after the incident district administration ordered an impartial enquiry into the matter while BMO Mattan put two health officials including a medical officer into suspension.

Shakeela (25) wife of Zahoor Ahmad Bhat (laborer) of Salia Nowpora Panzmulla area after feeling acute labor pain was moved to Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Seer Hamdan on Saturday night where doctors and other paramedical staff treated her as usual without considering her peak time of pregnancy, family members said. They said despite her condition deteriorated after admitting in the hospital, doctors didn’t bother to shift her to any advanced medical facility.

They said in wee hours of Sunday, doctors and other paramedical staff at SDH Seer Hamdan directed the family members to move her to Child & Maternity Hospital Anantnag for advanced treatment after found her in a critical condition. They added due to her worsening condition, she died on way to Child & Maternity Hospital Anantnag. 

Family of died lady told KNS that if her condition was so bad why doctors at SDH Seer Hamdan delayed her shift to Child & Maternity Hospital Anantnag.

Soon after the death of lady, besides family and close relatives, residents of Seer Salia reached medical facility and started massive protest against the hospital authorities. They shouted slogans against the negligent doctors and other paramedical staff and demanded stringent action against the involved doctors and paramedical staff, besides reshuffle of staff in the hospital.

They alleged that health sector in Anantnag district is at its worst resulting the loss of precious lives at the hands of negligent doctors and paramedical staff.

Meanwhile District administration took strong note of allegation by family members of deceased lady and sent a high level team headed by Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) Syed Yasir Farooq on spot who ordered instant inquiry into the matter and directed officials to submit a detailed fact finding report within three days so that tough action against the involved will be initiated. 

Simultaneously Block Medical Officer (BMO) Mattan ordered suspension of lady Medical Officer and Staff Nurse on night duty on 02/03.05.2020 due to death of a referred case from SDH Seer at Government MCCH Hospital GMC Anantnag.

“The lady Medical Officer namely Dr Rizwana and the Staff Nurse namely Zareefa Akhtar is put under suspension regarding death of a case namely Shakeela Akhtar wife of Zahoor Ahmad Bhat resident of Salia, admitted at SDH Seer under MRD No. 298 at Govt. MCCH Hospital GMC Anantnag referred from SDH Seer Hospital with the enquiry pending regarding the case”, order reads. (KNS)

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