Friday, October 30, 2009

Dalit woman dies after being denied medical attention

Dalit woman dies after being denied medical attention

(Source: IANS)
Published: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 at 16:08 IST

F Prev Next LLucknow: Caste discrimination allegedly claimed the life
of a young Dalit woman, who died after delivering a stillborn child
Thursday, as the staff of a government-run medical centre in Uttar
Pradesh refused to attend to her.

The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident that
took place at the Bhadiyan community health centre in Uttar Pradesh's
Sultanpur district, some 250 km from Lucknow, where 26-year-old Sona
Devi died for want of medical treatment, an official said.

"My wife, who was eight months pregnant, complained of severe pain
Thursday after which we rushed her to the community health centre.
However, the medical staff there made caste-based remarks against me
and directed me to take my wife to some other place," her husband
Phool Chand told reporters in Sultanpur.

"As my wife was writhing in acute pain, I pleaded with them (community
health centre) many times to admit my wife. I even folded my hands
before them, but to no avail. After lying unattended for hours, my
wife delivered a stillborn and died after sometime," Phool Chand, a
resident of Bela Mohan village in the district, said.

Following Sona Devi's death, the medical staff went in a tizzy and
called for an ambulance on the pretext of shifting her to the district
hospital, he said.

"They called the ambulance just to pacify me so that I do not register
a complaint against them. I even asked the medical staff as to what
was the use of shifting the patient after her death. They did not
reply and my wife was taken to the district hospital, where she was
declared brought dead," alleged Chand.

Sultanpur's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) G.P. Kushwaha, told that a
high-level inquiry has been initiated in the matter, and officials at
the centre asked to given an explanation.

"We will take strict action against the medical staff of the health
centre on completion of the inquiry," he added.



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