New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission has issued a notice to the government of Rajasthan,
asking it to submit a detailed report within four weeks on the
death of a number of pregnant women at hospitals in Jodhpur.
The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media
reports alleging that the women died due to administering of
infected intravenous dextrose and ringer lactose fluids, it
said in a statement on Monday.
Thirteen women died in the last fortnight of February
in Umaid and M G Hospitals of Jodhpur after developing serious
post-delivery complications resulting in profuse bleeding
allegedly due to administration of the contaminated drip.
"The lab reports in the women and child wing of the
state government`s Umaid Hospital confirmed that several
batches of IV fluids manufactured by Indore-based company
Parental Surgical India Ltd and supplied by the Anshul Pharma
were infected. Subsequently, an FIR was registered against the
companies concerned," the NHRC said.
"The Commission observed that the contents of the
media report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of
human rights of the women, who died due to the negligence of
hospital authorities and the state government," it said.
Accordingly, a notice has been issued to the chief
secretary, government of Rajasthan to submit a detailed report
in the matter within four weeks, the statement said.