Kashmir Indepth

Death of two pregnant women in Anantnag: Probe team misses deadline to submit report

Ishtiyaq Ahmad  

SRINAGAR, May 9 (KINS): Probe team has missed the deadline to complete the probe into the death of two pregnant women who died due to alleged medical negligence in Anantnag district.

District Development Commissioner Tuesday Bashir Ahmad Dar has assured strict action against any negligence, if any, into the death of two pregnant women after completion of probe within three days.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag was directed to complete the probe within three days. However, five days after, the authorities are yet to complete the probe.

“The probe team could not submit report due to present situation. The probe is at final stage. We expect probe report will be submitted soon,” District Development Commissioner Anantnag Bashir Ahmad Dar told news agency KINS.

Shakeela, 30, wife of Zahoor Ahmad from Salia village died allegedly due to delay in her treatment at SDH Seer on last Sunday. She was declared bought dead at MCCH Anantnag.

Fearing her samples may be taken for COVID19 testing, the family took the body out of the hospital on a stretcher trolley.

A video also went viral on social media wherein wailing family members were seen carrying her body on a trolley on the road. 

Earlier, 35-year-old Ruyaqa, wife of Javed Ahmad from Kharpora-Larnoo village in Kokernag, a designated red zone, died at MCCH, after delivering stillborn twins.

She was admitted to the general ward of the hospital where she came in contact with patients, attendants, doctors, and paramedics.

Her body was handed over to the family for last rites. A day after her test returned positive for coronavirus.

A court has also asked the police to inquire and ascertain the cause of the death of two pregnant women in Anantnag hospitals. It also directed the police to probe the ferrying of the body of a woman by her family in a trolley.

“In order to find out the cause of the death of this pregnant woman (yesterday) and the one who died earlier after giving birth to stillborn twins, I direct Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Anantnag to hold an inquiry into the matter,” reads an order issued by principal district session judge Anantnag  Parvez Hussain Kachroo.

The court held that the women died apparently for want of proper medical treatment.  “The SSP Anantnag shall either hold an inquiry by himself or by any other officer but not below the rank of SP,” the court said.(KINS)

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