The Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) district committee has demanded that stern action must be taken against the culprits in the incident where fetuses died inside a woman due to denial of treatment by hospitals. Journalist belongs to Suprabhatham N.C. Muhammad Sharif and his wife Shahla Tasni lost their twin babies in a miscarriage due to unrequited stubbornness of certain hospitals. Sahala was tested Covid positive before and on the 15th of this month it turned negative. However, Manjeri Medical College demanded that they’ll only treat Covid patients and the private hospitals said that they will not admit a person who was once diagnosed.
She first went to Manjeri Medical College at 4.30 am on Saturday after getting the labour pain. But later returned, and tried to go to various private hospitals. Sharif said he had cried to the Manjeri Medical College superintendent and private hospitals but there was no positive response. She was referred from Manjeri to Kozhikode Kottaparambu Maternal and Child Hospital at 11 am. Though they reached the hospital, she was referred to Kozhikode Medical College saying that the OP time was over. On the way, he approached a private hospital in Omassery, she was admitted but no treatment took place.
After this, they had to go to KMCT, Mukkam for the antigen test then she was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College at 6.30 pm on Saturday evening after receiving a negative result. Both babies had died by the time. The babies were surgically removed on Sunday evening. This is serious negligence on the part of those responsible for saving lives. The pregnant woman was in excruciating pain and agony.
The hospital authorities’ denial of treatment in name if the pandemic is a gross violation of human rights. To prevent such incidents from recurring, it is important to develop an accurate protocol for the treatment of pregnant women with Covid 19 and ensure that it is adhered to. Health Minister KK Shailaja ordered an inquiry against the responsible authorities.
KUWJ district president, M Firoz and Secretary P.S. Rakesh said that the health department should be prepared to take stern action against the culprits.