Pulwama: Death of 2nd pregnant woman in 3 days sparks violent protests

Pulwama: Death of 2nd pregnant woman in 3 days sparks violent protests

DC suspends 2 doctors, staff nurse for alleged negligence

SHABIR AHMAD/ MUSHTAQ-UL-ISLAM

PULWAMA: Death of a second pregnant woman in last three days due to alleged negligence of medical staff at district hospital Pulwama on Wednesday sparked violent protests, prompting the authorities to suspend two doctors and a nurse.
Khursheeda of Aluja village was brought to hospital on Tuesday evening after she complained of labour pain. The woman was operated upon at around 9 pm and delivered a baby.
“Two hours later, she complained of severe pain and started bleeding in the post-operative ward. I approached the doctors who put her on some intra-venous fluids and injectables,” Khursheeda’s husband Ghulam Rasool told Kashmir Reader. He said that as his wife was writhing in pain he again went to doctors and paramedicos. “Some paramedicos on duty told me that she was normal and pain after the surgery was no issue,” he said.
He said the doctors after examining his wife at around 7 am Wednesday asked him to arrange blood. “They told me that she has suffered heavy blood loss and needs transfusion. I immediately rushed to the blood bank which was, however, shut. On my return from the blood bank I found my wife missing from the bed as doctors had shifted her to operation theatre without my consent,” said Rasool, adding that after an hour they informed him that she was dead.
Rasool alleged that his wife had died due to negligence of the doctors. “A paramedico later told me that the doctors had forgotten a blade in my wife’s womb during the caesarian. If they had not been the case, they would not have taken my wife to operation theatre again without my consent,” he said.
As news about the woman’s death spread in the town, hundreds of people assembled in hospital premises and staged massive protests. The protesters blocked the Pulwama-Shopian road disrupting the traffic movement for many hours.
The forceful protests prompted Deputy Commissioner Pulwama to visit the hospital. The DC was not allowed to come out of the medical superintendent’s room by the protesters. As the protesters who were demanding the arrest of accused doctors, refused to move, police swung into action and resorted to teargas shelling to disperse them.
The police action triggered violent clashes and a complete shutdown in the township with some shopkeepers joining the protesters.
“It is the second death in the hospital in last three days. Doctors who are posted here for last ten years only bother about their practice at private clinics,” said a protester, Nisar Ahmad.
On Monday, a 22-old-pregnant woman Rukhsana and her newborn baby died in the hospital due to the alleged negligence of doctors. Following the incident, DC Pulwama had removed the medical superintendent of the hospital.
Meanwhile, DC Pulwama, Neeraj Kumar told Kashmir Reader that he has placed two doctors—Dr Tasleema and Dr Tahira—and a staff nurse under suspension for their alleged negligence.
“Besides placing them under suspension I have also ordered immediate reshuffle of the entire paramedical staff in the hospital. I have also recommended transfer of the doctors posted in the hospital for a long time,” Kumar said.