Mangaluru, July 23, 2015 : Reviewing cases of maternal deaths in the district DK DC Adoor.B. Ibrahim said there seems to be negligence by all hospitals where seven maternal deaths were reported.
A five-member committee headed by District Health Officer Dr. Ramakrishna Rao has been set up to inquire into seven maternal deaths reported in Dakshina Kannada since January. The DHO has been asked to convey to his Udupi counterpart to conduct an inquiry into the death of a woman from Mangaluru at a private hospital in Udupi.
Hospitals seem to have become complacent DC Ibrahim observed after hearing the family members who were unhappy with the services extended to their dead kin. While five maternal deaths have been reported at private hospitals, two were at government hospitals.
Apart from Dr. Rao, the five-member committee will have District Surgeon H.R. Rajeshwari Devi, Reproductive Child Health Officer M. Rukmini, an obstetrician and an aneasthetist.
The committee has been asked to look into each of the deaths and submit a report in a month.
The copy of the report should be given to next of kin of the deceased women. If family members are not happy with the findings, they can air their views in a meeting.
Kin of the deceased women complained on the conduct of doctors and nurses. The brother of Ameena (33), who died on May 28, held doctors and nurses of a hospital in Surathakal responsible for his sister’s death, a few hours after delivering a child. He accused the hospital of delaying caesarean section and shifting his sister when she was in a critical condition.
He accused the hospital of sending an untrained nurse with his sister in an ambulance to another hospital in Kuntikana, where she died.
The sister-in-law of Varsha (23), from Managluru, held doctors of a private hospital in Udupi responsible for her death on April 24. She said the complications at the labour stage at the private hospital where the doctors failed to identify a cervical tear following the delivery of the child. She died one week after the private hospital shifted her to another private hospital in Manipal.
DK DC Adoor.B. Ibrahim has directed District Health Officer Ramakrishna Rao to submit a separate report about skilled and unskilled staff in hospitals in the district. DC Ibrahim said this after hearing allegations by the brother of Ameena (23), who died allegedly after her delivery. DC Ibrahim said the report should mention about qualifications of the paramedical staff employed in different hospitals. The report should also mention the protocol that was being followed by each hospital, while dealing with cases of emergency.
DC Ibrahim said the five-member committee headed by DHO Dr. Rao will inquire into all maternal deaths within 15 days from the date the death is reported. The committee has to place their findings before the meeting to review the cases of maternal deaths, for corrective action.