The premature birth and subsequent death of a newborn child at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS),Rohtak,on Saturday has sparked off a row with the infants family claiming that the death occurred due to negligence of doctors even as PGIMS authorities vehemently denied the allegations on Sunday. Hospital authorities emphasised that the child was stillborn because of the mothers poor health.
Dr Chand Singh Dhull,director,PGIMS,Rohtak,also rubbished media reports that the woman had been turned away and was forced to deliver her child in the bushes outside the hospital. The media reports are absolutely incorrect and baseless. We operated upon the pregnant woman Meenu and performed a caesarean to take out the seven-month old child. She is in a poor state of health and her HB count was 4. She had started bleeding the previous night and thus was referred from a Hisar hospital. Her file did not mention anything on her condition. We admitted her at 12.20 pm and at 1.10 pm,her treatment began. By 1.30 pm,we found that her child had no heartbeat. To confirm it,we conducted an ultrasound test and found that the child was already dead. Meenus blood pressure then dipped and we have admitted her admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Her condition continues to be critical,but we are providing the best available treatment. There was no laxity on the hospitals part. We have even decided to treat her free of cost, Dhull told The Indian Express.
Certain sections of the media had reported on Sunday that Meenu was allegedly turned away from PGIMS. Her husband Balwan Kumar is a labourer and the family belong to Hisar.
Her family had alleged that they were not allowed entry into the hospital and were asked to buy medicines worth thousands of rupees to save Meenu. They added that it was only after they created a ruckus at the hospitals emergency entrance that they were allowed entry. Dr Dhull,however,said: The family was though initially asked to get some medicines,but after realising their financial condition,we decided to bear the cost of her treatment.