Pregnant woman denied delivery at Tml district hospital

13 September 2017

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | Sept 12

In a shocking incident which can be termed as gross negligence on the part of the government authority, a pregnant woman was denied child delivery in the Tamenglong district hospital.

The woman has been identified as Noami Kamei wife of Pouguanglung Kamei, from Dailong village of Tamenglong district, which is around 5-6 km away from the district headquarters. According to a reliable source, the delivery was denied as the gynaecologist; Dr. M. Davidson was not stationed at the hospital when Naomi and her husband arrived.

The source continued  that Dr. M. Davison who is appointed as the gynaecologist of district hospital Tamenglong is also utilised by the government in Thoubal district hospital and also in Nungba CHC to appease the agitating public of Nungba demanding immediate medical facilities.

When the local medicine doctor examined Naomi, the foetus seemed to have died inside the womb. Naomi has already crossed nine months of pregnancy but labour had yet started yet, on which the doctor refused treatment without the help of a specialist.

Further the said doctor then advised her husband to go to Imphal. On the way to Imphal, because of the bumpy road, Naomi’s water broke and made an emergency delivery at Namkaolong village (20 kms from district headquarters). The hired nurse for the delivery tried her best but child was still born.

It may be recalled that the public of Tamenglong has been demanding the revocation of government order (Order No. 2/8/2014-M dated NIL, September 2017 issued by Soiminlian Lengen, under-secretary of health and family welfare) to utilise doctors and specialists of Tamenglong district headquarters for duty at Nungba CHC. However the government went ahead with the order.

A memorandum was submitted by the CVOs of Tamenglong to the chief minister N. Biren Singh through the DC Armstrong Pame on September 6 and placed a dateline to revoke the order within 72 hours.

The incident happened just the day after the specified timeline given by the CVOs. In this regard, the people of Tamenglong proposed for registering an FIR against the concerned officials, and condemned the step-motherly treatment and marginalising the people of the district.

In this regard a public meeting was held today at Tamenglong bazar demanding adequate doctors, specialists, technical and infrastructural facilities and effigies of health minister L. Jayentakumar and health director, Karam Loken for negligence of health situation in the district and for failure of government in revoking the said order.


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