Pregnant woman denied treatment in 3 govt hospitals; Kerala Human Rights panel registers case


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has registered a case on its own into the reported denial of treatment by three government hospitals in the state to a pregnant woman, whose baby had died in the womb.

According to media reports, eight-months-pregnant Meera, a native of Kalluathukkal in neighbouring Kollam district, had sought treatment at two hospitals in her home district and then at the Sree Avittam Thirunal (SAT) Hospital here after she developed uneasiness, but the authorities were not willing to admit her.

Meera had approached the Rama Rao Hospital as an outpatient initially.

On September 11, she was referred to the Victoria Hospital from the Rama Rao Hospital after she complained of stomach ache. But since there was no woman to accompany her as a bystander, she was not admitted to the Victoria Hospital.

Instead, she was referred to the SAT Hospital.

On September 13, she got admitted to the ICU of the SAT Hospital.

There, the doctor did not even examine her and she was sent home, the couple alleged.

After feeling acute pain, on September 15, Meera reached the Kollam Medical College Hospital.

When she underwent scanning, it was found that the child was motionless. Then later at the hospital, she delivered the stillborn baby.

When she finally got admitted to the government medical college in Kollam and delivery was carried out, it was found that the baby had died six days ago, the rights panel said here in a statement.

Commission member V K Beena Kumari asked the Kollam District Medical officer to probe the complaint and the circumstances under which the young woman was denied treatment at the government hospitals.

The report has to be submitted within three weeks, the statement added.

Meera's husband Mithun is from Kalluvathukkal, near Parippally, in Kollam.

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