Srinagar: Doctors at District Hospital Handwara here in North Kashmir allegedly refused to treat a pregnant lady. The family members of the lady after spending night under sky staged a protest in main town Handwara, after which doctors shifted her to maternity Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar.
The poor pregnant lady from Pakhribal Kralgund area of North Kashmir’s Handwara town was brought in the hospital in a police vehicle after she developed labour pain in the middle of the night. Her relatives were quoted as saying by news agency KNT that they produced Covid-19 negative certificate vide Lab Id number: KUP-HAND-549 in the hospital but doctors didn’t believe, saying that she may be Covid positive.
“The lady had already been declared negative for Covid-19 on 14 June but the doctors rejected this report and didn’t agree to attend her. We spent whole night outside Handwara hospital under open sky and next day, doctors showed the same attitude, forcing us to stage a protest in Handwara chowk,” they said.
Ironically, when the news spread and pressure started building on doctors, a doctor in the hospital, cajoled and coaxed the lady asking her to say on the camera that doctors treated her in the hospital. In the video it is clearly seen that the said doctor is trying to put her words into the mouth of lady.
“We are poor and nobody listened to us. Instead of taking action against guilty doctors, the Medical Superintendent asked us to take her to LD Hospital as her condition according to him is critical. We were forced to shift her to LD Hospital and right now we are moving towards Srinagar,” Muhammad Hussain Gazi, the husband of the lady told news agency KNT.
Instead of fixing responsibility, the Medical Superintendent rebutted the reports saying that doctors treated her in the hospital.
Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Handwara, Dr Ajaz said doctors asked the lady to get her USG done, but instead, they went to Handwara Chowk and staged protest, a claim refuted by the husband of the lady. “When my wife was critical and bleeding and writhing with pain, how it was possible for her to go for USG or protest in main Chowk. We were forced to protest, otherwise we had no intention to make a fun of ourselves,” he said.
Additional Development Commissioner Handwara, Nazir Ahmed said that he has taken the cognizance of the matter and responsibility will surely be fixed.