Chronicle Reporter, Betul
A woman in labour had to walk in a government hospital in Betul. The hospital did not gave her a stretcher, so she had to deliver the baby mid-stride. Her firstborn baby fell on the road and died.
The district administration has ordered an inquiry and the hospital has denied any shortage of stretchers and said that the woman, 24-year-old Neelu Verma, started walking on her own.
Neelu, a resident of Ghodadongri tehsil, who herself is a staff nurse with the health department in Gwalior district, but when she needed a stretcher, there was none.
Sources said that as soon as Neelu was brought to the hospital, an ASHA worker who accompanied her informed the hospital for a stretcher but it wasn’t provided, says the family. Realising how close she was to delivery, Neelu started walking in the hope that she would make it to the labour room, but the baby was born on the way.
Chief medical and health officer of Betul, Pradeep Moses, said: “It is a serious incident, and we have constituted a probe to find out the truth. District health officer N K Choudhary and gynaecologist Pratibha Raghuvanshi have been asked to submit their probe report within 48 hours. Strict action will be taken against anyone found guilty.” He said that two ambulances had arrived at the same time in hospital.
“While one patient was being taken into the hospital, the other patient started walking, leading to the incident. There is no scarcity of stretchers or manpower at the hospital. Our probe will make things clear,” Moses said.