Pregnant woman dies as dialysis centre refuses Rs 500 notes, BHRC seeks report

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Patna, November 25
The Bihar Human Rights Comission (BHRC) has asked Gaya District Magistrate and Superintendent of Anugrah Narayan Memorial Medical College Hospital (ANMMCH) at Gaya to file a report within a fortnight on the reported death of a pregnant woman at the government hospital for want of dialysis after the centre refused to accept Rs 500 note. Taking a suo moto cognizance of the report in a section of newspapers here that the pregnant woman died due to renal failure after the B Braun Medical Private Limited, a multi-national firm employed by the ANMMCH on Public-Private Partnership(PPP) mode, refused to accept old notes of Rs 500 denomination.
According to reports, one Manju Devi, wife of Gora Manjhi, a daily wage earner from Orma village under Chakund police station in Gaya district had a renal shutdown and was advised immediate dialysis by the doctors attending on her at the ANMMCH.
But she died after the dialysis centre refused to do so as her husband did not have currency notes other than the old Rs 500 notes.
BHRC member Neelmani said, “The news, if true,reflects a shocking neglect on the part of functionaries at the government run premier hospital at Gaya.”
The Commission has fixed December 12 listing of the case before it.

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