Kashmir: Covid+ Mom Delivers Baby in Absence of Docs; Isolation Centre in Dock


Arjumand Andrabi | Clarion India

KUPWARA – An incident of mishandling of Covid case came to light where a corona positive pregnant woman gave birth to a child in Cheerkoot Lolab, Kupwara, when there was no doctor available in the isolation centre. The delivery was conducted by another Covid positive pregnant lady in the centre.

According to the lady who donned the role of a midwife, when her fellow inmate went into labour, they tried to contact everyone around to for medical help, but unfortunately nobody came to their help. “We tried to hire an ambulance, but that too was not available. When her labour pain increased, we called the two nurses present here to attend on her, but they too refused to oblige. After that, I put the gloves on and I facilitated the delivery,” she narrated.

The women even shot a video on phone to catch the moments of their ordeal. As the incident has become public, the ladies are alleging that they are now constantly being intimidated by the doctors and other medical staff at the Centre warning them against releasing the video.

The Covid patient, who conducted the delivery, said, “After the incident, a doctor came to the isolation centre for a normal checkup. Since my delivery date is approaching, they are threatening to shift us to the other hospital in Srinagar citing complications and the lack of facilities at the Centre.”

At a time when women are treated with politeness and grace, the staff of the centre has adopted intimidatory tactics against the poor ladies. They ask if they are made to pay for telling the truth.

“Who will accompany us to the other hospital which is 100 km away in this situation when even our family members can’t come with us,” bemoaned the lady.

When contacted, the CMO of Kupwara, Dr Kauser Amin, said she had ordered a probe into the matter. She said, “Patients wouldn’t be shifted from the centre until and unless a patient develops complications.”

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 148 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday taking the total tally in the Union Territory (UT) to 4,878 with 57 deaths and 2,269 recoveries. Kupwara has recorded a total number of 388 positive cases with 276 recoveries, three deaths and seven fresh cases on Saturday.

Kulgam district recorded the highest number of 45 covid-19 cases on Saturday, followed by Shopian with 15 instances of the infection.


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