Mangaluru, May 8, 2015: Relatives and public staged protest infront of the Government Lady Goshen hospital following sudden death a 25-year-old woman died at the Wenlock hospital here on 8 May 2015.
Resident of Ajjava in Sullia Poovakka (25), wife of Ganesh, died on May 7. She was admitted for treatment in Lady Goshen Hospital and later shifted to Wenlock hospital, where she breathed her last.
Poovakka’s relatives alleged that medical negligence on part of medical staff in Lady Goshen hospital is the reason for her death.
According Poovakka’s mother that on April 20 she was admitted to the Lady Goschen Hospital for delivery. On April 21, she had given birth to a baby boy through caesarean and both mother and baby was healthy.
On May 6, her health deteriorated and she was shifted to the Wenlock hospital. On May 7, at 8:45 am, Poovakka breathed her last. Her husband Ganesh filed a complaint in the Bunder police station about the negligence of the doctor which led his wife’s death.
On May 8, the body was shifted to the Wenlock Mortuary for post-mortem. After the post-mortem the body was taken to the Lady Goschen hospital and a large number of people gathered in front of the gate. They shouted slogans against the doctor and demanded for his immediate arrest and justice.
Local MLA J R Lobo has visited the hospital and pacified the protester. North Police has also registered a complaint.
Lady Goschen head relieved from post on the charge of dereliction of duty
Following directions from the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Medical Superintendent of Government Lady Goschen Hospital Shakuntala was relieved from her position here on Friday.
According to a communiqué from the Information and Public Relations Department, the action has been taken on the ground of dereliction of duty. The Minister has also ordered an inquiry into the alleged dereliction, the communiqué said.
The immediate trigger to the Minister’s action is said to be the death of a woman in the hospital on Thursday.
The woman, Poovamma, a resident of Ajjavara in Sullia taluk, had been delivered of a baby on April 21 at the hospital. However, she developed health complications on May 6 and was referred to Lady Goschen Hospital again.
In a complaint to the Bunder Police, the woman’s husband, Ganesh, stated that Poovamma, who had swelling in her legs, was not properly treated and instead, was given only hot water massage.
On Friday, Poovamma’s relatives staged a protest in front of the hospital, with the body after post-mortem. The exact cause of the death is yet to be made public. The protesters demanded action against the doctor concerned. MLA J.R. Lobo met the protesters.
Bunder police have registered a case. Investigation is on.