Notice to hospital for refusing to admit pregnant woman

Correspondent Shillong Jul 29 | Publish Date: 7/29/2020 12:11:11 PM IST

The Meghalaya government has show-caused the Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong, one of the oldest maternity centres in NE for not admitting a pregnant woman on Tuesday as she was from a COVID-19 containment zone. 

The mother was allowed to deliver the child at the hospital after an intervention by a social organisation, but the newborn expired.

“The government has decided to show cause to understand the sequence of events as hospitals cannot refuse to admit patients whether they are from containment zones or not. We have taken serious note on this matter and directed the health department to showcase and then we will take action accordingly,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters on Wednesday.

 “The government assures that we are here to serve the people but assure that there will not be any lapses from now onwards. To err is human. We felt bad that the baby passed away and the government has taken serious note of the lapses in this regard,” he said.  Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister Alexander Laloo Hek assured action would be taken  if there are any lapses.

Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War clarified that the death of the child was due to medical complexities known as “birth affixture”, which had nothing to do with the time of the admission of the expecting mother, even as he pointed out that this was not a case of stigmatization.

He also said that the woman, who had come from a containment zone, was advised to go to other hospitals after it was found that there was no vacant bed in the isolation wards of the Ganesh Das Hospital but those hospitals also refused her admission, he said. 


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