Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a doctor and a nurse who allegedly gave abortion pills to a woman, who was eight months pregnant, without her knowledge, killing the foetus.
Identifying the accused as Dr Amarjeet Singh, a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and unsuitable for carrying out abortions, and nurse Roma Devi, SP (South) Rahul Malik said they mistook Shruti Sharma for another patient scheduled for an abortion at the JK Medicity here on Friday afternoon.
On the advice of a gynecologist to administer intravenous glucose in view of the weak condition of her foetus, Shruti visited the hospital. However, the doctor mistook her for the other woman and gave her pills for abortion without going through her medical report or conducting any clinical test.
Dr Amarjeet, meanwhile, also handed the woman’s husband a list of medicines to be purchased. When the husband came to know from the chemist that the medicines were meant for abortion, he rushed to the hospital. However, by then the pills had started showing its effect.
The doctor admitted the mistake and administered Shruti intravenous glucose, and sent her home, saying there was nothing to worry. Later that night, the woman started complaining of pain in stomach and was rushed to hospital, where Dr Amarjeet told her that the foetus has died as it was “weak”, and it is needed to be aborted.
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The family then went to the police who arrested the doctor and the nurse, and took the foetus for post-mortem. The police expressed surprise at the hospital engaging a BAMS for abortions.
Dr Gurmeet Singh, hospital in-charge, said they were conducting an inquiry into the alleged lapse. On how a super-speciality hospital could allow a BAMS to carry out an abortion, he said Dr Amarjeet was working under the supervision of Dr Renu Gupta. He, however, did not confirm whether Dr Gupta was present when the woman was given the pills and disconnected the phone call by The Indian Express.
The incident has taken the lid off the abortions taking place in the hospital in violation the law. For carrying out an abortion, the doctor has to mention in writing the reasons for the same. However, there was no mention of it in the hospital record when they gave the woman wrong drugs, the police said.