Pregnant woman ‘denied treatment,’ delivers baby at bus stand in Nayagarh district

Nayagarh: During the distressing times of pandemic, reports of inhuman conduct & medical negligence continue to add to the woes and misery. A pregnant woman at Rajasunakhala area in Nayagarh district became the latest victim of such negligence after she had to deliver a baby girl at a bus stand on allegedly being denied treatment at a government hospital in late hours of Friday.

According to sources, the woman, a resident of Ranpur block, was rushed to Rajasunakhala Community Health Centre (CHC) after she complained of labour pain. However, a staff nurse refused to admit her suspecting Covid-19 infection, sources informed.

Left with no other option, the pregnant woman, along with her 10-year-old daughter, took shelter at a nearby bus stand, where late in the night she delivered a baby girl.

“The doctor and the nurse at CHC denied her treatment fearing COVID-19 infection. Despite the woman delivered a baby at the bus stand, neither police nor health officials turned up to assist,” said Shantanu Sahu, a local.

When asked about the incident, on-duty doctor said he is not aware of the case.

“I did three deliveries on Friday. But, I don’t know about the fourth woman you are asking about,” said Amit Patnaik, the doctor at Rajasunakhala CHC.

Despite repeated exhortations from the government to shun stigma and fear of COVID-19 and help the needy, reports of such social evil continue to surface.

Recently, a doctor was deprived of a dignified burial at G.Udaygiri block in Kandhamal district after locals opposed the last rites fearing COVID-19 infection.

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