SRINAGAR: Family of a pregnant woman on Sundayaccused Gousia Hospital authorities of refusing to conduct ultrasonography (USG) test on her after doctors found her foetus was showing no movements.
Sadiya Moshin,27, was admitted in the hospital on Saturdayevening after she complained of pain in the abdomen. After examination, the doctors advised her to immediately go for an USG test as her foetus was showing no movements.
The family of Mohsin said that they were shocked to learn that the hospital had no facility to carry out the test after 4 pm. The family anxiously called some clinics in Karannagar for the test but they were not available. She was taken to a clinic outside LD hospital but it was also closed.
The family finally reached a private clinic near Iqbal Park where they could get the ultrasound done.
The family had a tough time carrying the pregnant lady from one clinic to another amid the dark on bumpy roads. “With such dilapidated roads, it was a stressful drive, keeping in consideration the condition of my sister,” Umaan Omar, her brother said.
Taking advantage of their situation, the family was charged a hefty amount of Rs 1200 for the USG, which normally costs around Rs. 400.
The family was aghast at the way government hospital functioned in the Valley. “What if we could not afford the test in private clinic or what if we did not have our own vehicle. The hospital has only one ambulance and that was also away ferrying some patient,” Omar said.
“The authorities keep on saying that our health sector is improving. But such things hardly exist on ground,” Omar said.
The family accused the government of not paying any attention to the healthcare facilities in the hospitals.
The doctors of the Gousia Hospital said that they were “helpless about the loopholes in the system.”