Government hospital turns away woman, cites lack of water

Written by | January 24, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: A prominent government hospital in the national capital allegedly refused to admit a pregnant woman in labour, citing unavailability of water. The administration of the government hospital, which turned away the pregnant woman, could not be reached despite repeated attempts.

According to her family, the woman, a resident of Burari of northeast Delhi, started having labour pain early in the morning, following which she was rushed to the hospital.

“We reached at around 6.30 am on Friday but the staff at that government hospital refused to admit her saying there was no water. As her condition deteriorated, we rushed her to nearest Sushruta Trauma Centre where the doctors delivered the child. They then referred us to Lok Nayak Hospital as they did not have appropriate gynaecology specialties,” the woman’s brother-in-law said.

A senior MCD health official said there was shortage of water in areas of north MCD under which the hospital falls, and, therefore, the hospital had been asked to arrange water through DJB tanker.

“The water tanker did not come on Friday because of which the problem happened. Refusing admission on this ground is not at all justified,” the official said.

Meanwhile, on being contacted, Lok Nayak Hospital medical superintendent Yogesh Kumar Sarin said both the mother and child were doing well.

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