Woman and newborn twins die after hospital refuses admission in Karnataka | Bengaluru | Tech US News


In what was described as a gross case of negligence, a 30-year-old woman and her newborn twins died during childbirth on Thursday in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district – near the capital Bengaluru – after they were allegedly refused admission at a district hospital. .

Neighbors told news agency PTI that Kasturi – the mother – had labor pains the previous evening and was taken to the hospital. She lived with another girl in a house in Bharathi Nagar. She belonged to an economically weaker class and sought help from some neighbors to raise money for the delivery. Kasturi’s husband was not there at that time. She also had a six-year-old son, according to reports citing neighbors.

On Wednesday, when Kasturi developed labor pains, she was sent by car to Tumakuru District Hospital. Doctors and hospital staff allegedly turned her away saying that she neither had an Aadhaar card nor a ‘Maternity Card’. The hospital sent her back home while she was in excruciating pain, neighbors said.

PTI was further told that the doctor told Kastura that she would write a note and refer her to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru. However, the next morning the pain increased and she gave birth to one child at home. She bled profusely during childbirth and died.

Taking cognizance of the incident, District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Manjunatha DN recommended that the doctor on duty be suspended for causing the delay that resulted in the death of the mother and her newborns. “This is dereliction of duty. As I cannot order the suspension of the doctor on duty, I have recommended it to the Deputy Commissioner of Tumakuru district,” he told PTI, adding that a detailed inquiry would also be conducted.

The incident was heavily criticized by opposition parties like the JD(S) and the Congress, who demanded the resignation of state health minister K. Sudhakar over the incident. “A while ago I tweeted about the dark side of @BJP4Karnataka state administration (recession incident) drowning in politics, elections and propaganda. But an even more gruesome and shocking incident took place in Tumkur which shook entire Karnataka,” former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted.

“Is it the birth certificate or the treatment that matters? Life matters or rules? @mla_sudhakar What is important? Is the rule mandatory for non-corruption treatment,” the Congress asked, attacking the minister.


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