NAVI MUMBAI: A 22-year-old woman and her newborn son died due to alleged medical negligence in Neral, Raigad on Sunday. Poonam Ruthe’s family alleged that after the delivery, though she was excessively bleeding and the baby was not responding, they were moved between multiple hospitals. The Raigad district health officer has ordered a probe into the alleged death caused by negligence.
A resident of Bid village, Karjat, Poonam Ruthe was admitted to the Neral Public Health Centre (PHC) with labour pains on Sunday at 3.30am. She delivered a baby boy at 7am, confirmed Ruthe’s relative, Madhukar Mune. Ruthe was excessively bleeding, but the PHC doctor was absent from duty, he said .
As the baby was not crying, a PHC nurse asked them to take him to a private hospital in the locality. They examined the baby, and found him to be all right, said Mune. “The PHC nurse then asked us to take the mother and baby to the Karjat Sub-District Hospital (SDH). The nurse refused to accompany Poonam to the SDH. At the Sub-District Hospital, we were referred to three private hospitals, and then to the MGM Hospital in Kalamboli,” he said.
The baby died on the way to MGM Hospital, said Mune, near Chowk Phata. Ruthe was bleeding excessively, he said, but the Neral PHC did not take proper care. “At SDH, Poonam was referred to the MGM Hospital. She was taken in an ambulance, but at MGM, she was declared brought dead. The doctors and nurses are responsible for this negligence. The Neral PHC even forced my 16-year-old daughter to clean the delivery room,” said Mune.
Karjat SDH medical superintendent Dr Sanjiv Dhanagave said, “The baby was brought dead to SDH, and the family took the baby to a private hospital on their own. The mother had a check-up at the Karjat SDH and was then referred to MGM hospital. The Neral PHC nurse was reluctant to accompany the patient. The patient had excessive bleeding and was in need of blood transfusion. Profuse bleeding caused her death. The Neral PHC should not have admitted the patient.”
Raigad district health officer Dr Sudhakar More said, “A probe has been ordered into the medical negligence. Action will be takenbased on the report.”



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