Srinagar: In a regrettable incident a woman from remote Mooree area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir was forced to deliver on the road after doctors at Srinagar’s Lal Ded Hospital did not allow her to stay in the hospital overnight and refused to admit her on Thursday.
Notably Lal Ded Hospital is the largest government maternity hospital in the Kashmir Valley.
The woman’s brother, Hami Zaman, told a national daily on Friday that Suraya had developed labour pain on Thursday at home. With nearly 3-feet snow in the area, the road between Mooree and Kalaroos, where the nearest hospital is located, were not motorable.
“Around 15 people put my sister on a charpoy and we walked for six hours to reach the hospital (in Kalaroos, around 14 km away),” he said.
Doctors there referred her to Kupwara hospital, from where she was referred further to Lal Ded Hospital in Srinagar.
At Lal Ded, the family said, Suraya was kept under observation for a few hours. Hospital authorities subsequently refused to admit her.
Zaman said, “At around 8.30 pm, my sister developed severe pain again and delivered a baby girl on the road. The newborn died immediately,” Zaman said.
Dr Firdous Ahmad, Block Medical Officer (BMO) of Kalaroos, “We are pained. Since we couldn’t handle the case here because it was serious, we had no option but to refer the patient further,” he said.
Dr Shabir Siddique, Medical Superintendent of Lal Ded, told a national daily “It is very unfortunate. We have already issued clear instructions to the doctors that any patient from far-off places shouldn’t be sent back at night. A committee has been formed which will investigate the incident.
According to the local Meteorological Department, the temperature in Srinagar was recorded at -0.7 degrees Celsius on Thursday night.