Baramulla: Non-availability of expert doctors led to death of an infant in Baramulla forcing the family to lodge a complaint with local police. The doctors at the Baramulla district hospital, however, said that they have not received any complaint
A family belonging to Fatehpora village in Baramulla approached the local police to investigate the circumstances in which a new born died soon after the birth due to non availability of doctors in the hospital.
The complainant Zahoor Ahmad Dar of Fathepora Baramulla said that he admitted his wife Haseena at the hospital in the wee hours of July 5 after she developed labour pain.
“As we reached the hospital there was no doctor available. When we cried for medical aid, some nurses came to attend the patient,” he said.
He said the inexperienced nurses pressed the womb rigorously but the delivery did not occur. “Finally, they asked us to refer the patient to Srinagar hospital but due to non-availability of doctor they couldn’t refer,” he said.
He said the baby was later born at the hospital but he was motionless. “The chest of new born was compressed. By the time the baby was delivered, the doctors arrived at the hospital and hastily referred us to Srinagar where the baby died a few hours later,” he said.
He said the doctors later conducted post-delivery surgery to stop profuse delivery.
“This baby boy was born after my three daughters. This was my last hope but due to non availability of doctors I lost my son,” Zahoor said.
He said the doctors did not offer any explanation. “We registered a complaint in police station Baramulla against the hospital authorities but several days have passed, there is no action,” he said.
Zahoor said that it was not the first case of infant death at Baramulla hospital. “I have filed a case because I want the negligent doctors to be punished,” he said.
Medical superintendent of district hospital Baramulla Dr Masood described the allegations as baseless. “Our doctors are performing very good job in the hospital and they are punctual to their duties. If there is any complaint, I must be approached,” he said adding he has not been approached by anyone till date. “The person should write a complaint to me and I will begin proper investigation,” Masood said.