2 more C-section deaths at Niloufer, min in denial

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In a cause for concern, two more women died on Saturday in Niloufer hospital after undergoing caesarean operation. This is the second round of maternal deaths this week. The toll in the last two days has gone up to five.
A woman, Archana, who was shifted to Osmania General Hospital ( OGH) died due to heavy bleeding. Relatives of another woman, Ratnamala, staged a dharna outside the Petlaburj hospital, after she died soon after surgery.
On Thursday C-section was performed on 19 women in Koti hospital. Two of them died on Thursday night. Another women died on Saturday after being shifted to OGH.
The remaining women were also shifted to Osmania hospital after they developed infections. Hospital superintendent Sailaja Prasad said as the hospital did not have facilities they were referred to OGHThe authorities have stopped performing caesarean surgeries in Koti hospital after three women, who were admitted to the hospital in the past few days, died. Now, cases requiring the C-section are being referred to Niloufer hospital while the Petlaburj facility is continuing with the surgeries.
While officials are tight-lipped about the six women admitted to the OGH, TOI learnt that their condition is now stable. The babies too are stable. Rajita, Sujata, Maheswari, Bhagyalakhsmi, Anasuya and Shana Begum are below 30 years.
Despite many attempts by media to contact OGH superintendent Dr Murthy, he refused to divulge the details. He only said they are awaiting inquiry reports. However health minister Dr C Laxma Reddy said “it cannot be said that it is totally due to negligence”. “Usually all the government hospitals get most complicated cases. The staff do their level best to save patients. But, we will certainly take the inquiry reports seriously,” Dr Reddy said.
Though government ordered an inquiry, many are suspicious about it seeing the light. Though the samples were sent to drug authorities, the government asked for more time to submit the report to the state human rights commission.The committee will probe several aspects related to the deaths, including the case histories of the five women, examine reports of the tests conducted on them, analyze the prescribed drugs and the procedures followed in the operation theatre, and prepare an overall `death audit’.The committee will comprise Petlaburj Government Maternity Hospital superintendent Dr Pratibha, Prof. Rani from the state-run Gandhi Hospital and anaesthesiologist Dr Deeparaj Singh.
The minister said he was anguished at the deaths, espe cially when the government was taking several measures to improve services at the hospital. He explained that the hospital mostly receives `referral’ cases, with many such patients diagnosed with complicated medical conditions. In reality, the hospital has the nest neo-natal care facilities in India and doctors from several countries train there, he said.

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