Kolkata: Woman gives birth on road, dies

Denied admission by two government hospitals, a woman died on Friday after giving birth to twins on the pavement.

Kolkata: Denied admission by two government
hospitals, a woman died on Friday after giving birth to twins on
the pavement, bringing the state-run medical setup under the
scanner yet again for alleged negligence.

The West Bengal government has ordered an inquiry into
the incident.
It was a night of horror yesterday for the 40-year-old
pregnant woman who was refused admission despite possessing
health cards.

The woman met a tragic end in the wee hours of this
morning shortly after delivering the second baby on the
roadside near the Maidan area after she was made to travel
back and forth between the two hospitals with her husband.

The first of the twins born outside Chittaranjan
Sevasadan was also with the couple when they approached the
Sambhunath Pandit Hospital for help. The second baby was
delivered on the pavement outside Sambhunath hospital 90
minutes after the first child was born.

The Chittaranjan Sevasadan allegedly refused to admit the
woman and later the Sambhunath Hospital also turned her away
saying she should go to the first hospital where she had
visited. An official of one of the hospitals said no case of a
woman being denied admission has come to their notice.

West Bengal Health Director Biswaranjan Satpathy said a
three-member inquiry committee had been formed to look into
why the woman was denied admission to hospitals.
"The patient should have been admitted in the hospital
and the incident will be inquired into," he said.

A relative of the woman said she delivered the first baby
immediately after developing labour pains around 11-11.30 pm
last night. The second child was delivered 90 minutes later.

Leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra, who was Health
Minister in the erstwhile Left Front government, condemned the
incident and demanded that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who
holds the health portfolio, give the responsibility of the
department to some other person.

Recently, Banerjee had directed the Health Department to
revamp the state-run hospitals following the death of a large
number of children, mostly at the B C Roy Memorial Children`s
Hospital in the city.

An expert committee had also been set up by the chief
minister to look into the infrastructural deficiencies of
government hospitals.