Bhubaneswar, December 14 (LocalWire): The state government on Saturday ordered a probe into the alleged medical negligence by hospital staff that led to an HIV positive woman giving birth to a stillborn child.
The HIV positive pregnant woman, who was shifted from Rairangpur sub-divisional hospital to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College and Hospital Baripada on Friday, was allegedly left unattended though she had developed labour pain.
The woman was allegedly separated from other inpatients, while the doctors and paramedical staff had maintained a safe distance from her fearing possible contraction of the disease.
“The government has already instituted an inquiry. It is a very disconcerting episode.
The erring doctors and staff of the medical college will be taken to task on the basis of inquiry findings.
Such an act goes against medical ethics and oath,” Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said.
Finally, following the intervention of local rights activists, the doctors got into action to deliver her child. However, it was too late and the woman gave birth to a stillborn female child.
“It was an act of criminality on part of doctors and medical college staffs. They are murderers.
They have killed my child. I cried for help as my wife was in excruciating pain. Nobody paid any heed to my plea.
She was left unattended for almost 36 hours,” the husband of the woman said.
When contacted, the medical college authorities refused to comment on the incident saying that it would not be appropriate to speak on the matter that as under inquiry.
Similar incidents of HIV/AIDS patients being neglected and abandoned in government-run health institutes have hogged the spotlight in the past.
In a similar incident, the body of a sixty-year-old man who had succumbed to HIV/AIDS at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla on 3 November was abandoned for more than 12 hours at the hospital.
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