Kin blame docs’ negligence for woman’s death

Siraha, December 21

Kin of a new-mother, who died at Om Gurukul Healthcare Private Limited in Lahan Municipality, Siraha, have accused the doctors involved in her treatment of medical negligence.

Jagadish Paswan’s wife Sanju, 22, of Sitapur, Mirchaiya Municipality, died yesterday night.

Relatives and family members of Sanju kept her body on the premises of Om Gurukul and staged demonstration from the early morning today, claiming that she died due to doctors’  negligence. They have demanded strict action against the doctor involved in the operation and reparation to the victim’s family. However, the condition of the newborn is normal.

The deceased used to live with her parents in Golbazaar Municipality as her husband had gone for foreign employment. She was admitted to Golbazaar Health Post after she went into labour on Wednesday. She, however, was referred to Lahan-based Ram Kumar Uma Prasad Memorial Hospital. As she could not be treated there too, Sanju was taken to Om Gurukul Health Care while she was being rushed  to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, said Sanju’s father Devchandra Paswan.

Immediately after Sanju was admitted to the health facility, doctors performed surgery for delivery. After the surgery, Sanju’s health started deteriorating, a family source said.

According to Sanju’s mother Shila, her daughter was referred to Biratnagar, citing lack of blood in her body. Doctors at Nobel Hospital in Biratnagar had pronounced Sanju dead on arrival. Family members have claimed that Sanju died at Om Gurukul.

Meanwhile, medical officer Saroj Yadav at Ram Kumar Uma Prasad Sharada Memorial Hospital said Sanju had high blood pressure during check-up and was referred to BPKIHS Dharan as the pressure did not come under control despite giving her some medicine. Yadav, however, expressed ignorance on how and why Sanju was taken to Om Gurukul Health Care even though she was referred to BPKIHS, Dharan.

Following the incident, proprietor of Om Gurukul Health Care is at large. Relatives and family members have caught the accountant of Om Gurukul and handed him over to police. But he is also at large now.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Thapa at Area Police Office, Lahan, said a manhunt to nab the absconding proprietor was on. Police personnel were deployed after relatives and family members started demonstration on the hospital premises.  According to Dr Nagendra Yadav at District Public Health Office, Siarha, Om Gurukul has not been given permission to conduct surgery. The health facility has not renewed its registration as well.