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Odisha Health minister seeks report on death of destitute pregnant woman

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 2:

Odisha Health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak  on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the state Health director on the death of a pregnant destitute woman and her unborn child at the Capital Hospital here on Sunday night, allegedly due to neglect.

While the State Commission for Women (SCW) has issued summons to three persons in the matter based on preliminary investigation, the minister has warned the Health director against repetition of such incidents in  future.

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Health Minister
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Health Minister

A destitute pregnant woman from Astaranga area died along with her unborn child after allegedly being left unattended for hours at the Capital Hospital here late on Sunday night.

The woman had been rescued and admitted to the hospital by a social service organization earlier in the day.

Sources said the Women’s Commission issued summons to two doctors of Capital Hospital and the in-charge of the police outpost at Capital Hospital in connection with the shocking incident.

The pregnant woman, who had been admitted to Capital Hospital on Saturday was referred to the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH), Cuttack after her condition deteriorated.

However, under mysterious circumstances, she was spotted near the Nayapalli Durga Puja Mandap on Sunday in a serious condition  by a group of eunuchs and was re-admitted to the Capital Hospital with the help of .

Records at the Capital Hospital had confirmed that the destitute pregnant woman from Astaranga area in Puri district was admitted to the Capital Hospital here on Saturday and had been referred to the SCBMCH the same day after her condition turned serious.

The woman, who was found writhing in pain near the Nayapalli Durga Puja Mandap by some eunuchs, was rescued by workers of the Ruchika Helpline and admitted to Capital Hospital around 5 pm on Sunday.

The woman whose unborn child had died by the time she reached the hospital  for the second time died at 11 pm.

A four-member team of the SCW led by its chairperson Lopamudra Buxipatra had visited the Capital Hospital on Monday to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The team had sought documents from the hospital authorities and had interrogated deputy director of Capital Hospital, Dr Binod Mishra and several other doctors and officials of Capital Hospital.