A pregnant woman is seen sitting on the floor of the empty hospital, writhing in pain. She mumbles and tosses around, visibly grimacing in pain. This video was taken at Kolar’s KGF Government Hospital where a pregnant woman experiencing contractions was allegedly made to wait for four hours. When she was not attended to by a doctor, the woman was eventually taken to a private hospital for the delivery. Her baby, however, did not survive.
22-year-old Sameena, a resident of Kolar, was taken to KGF Government Hospital on Tuesday noon after she began experiencing contractions. She was accompanied by her husband Riyaz and two other female relatives. In a case of gross medical negligence, the pregnant woman allegedly received no medical attention. It was then her relatives shifted her to a private hospital.
Sameena was tended to at RL Jalappa Hospital where she is currently admitted. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that while they were able to save her life, they could not save the baby who succumbed.
Dr Shivakumar, the surgeon who was on call at the time at KGF has since been suspended by officials. Kolar BJP MP Muniswamy went to Jalappa hospital to enquire about Sameena’s condition.
Sameena’s relatives are yet to lodge an official complaint with the police, but plan on doing so, according to reports. They have also demanded that action be taken against the hospital authorities as well as the district health officer (DHO).
Last June, in another instance of medical negligence, a five-month pregnant woman from Bagalkote had to undergo an emergency amputation after a botched blood transfusion led to the onset of a gangrenous infection in her arm. The family alleged that a botched blood transfusion resulted in the woman contracting an infection, and that the unhygienic conditions of the hospital aggravated her condition.