15 maternal deaths in Jodhpur, no clear answers yet

Jodhpur: Twenty-two-year-old Belu was put on a ventilator at the Umaid hospital in Jodhpur on March 4 after she began to bleed uncontrollably following the birth of her child.

Belu finally died on Sunday.

"She was fine till they operated on her. It is only after the operation that my wife became so serious", said Mohan, Belu's husband.

Apart from Belu, one more woman also died under similar circumstances at the same hospital.

The two deaths come after 13 pregnant women also died of excessive bleeding or haemorrhage at the Umaid Hospital after allegedly being administered with spurious glucose.

With this, the maternal death toll there has risen to 15 in the span of less than a month.

What's shocking is the fact that the Rajasthan government still doesn't have concrete answers to the cause of this tragedy.

Meanwhile, the expert committee that was instituted by the state government to look into the deaths pointed to several other lapses as the cause for the deaths. They are:

  • Lack of hygiene and deficiencies in operation theatres at the hospital
  • Absenteeism of senior doctors
  • Lack of training to junior doctors who administered the IV fluids

"We will rectify all deficiencies that are pointed out by experts. I will ensure that a detailed probe is held on this and if doctors have made mistakes, we will take action against them", said Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot. (Read: After 13 maternal deaths in Jodhpur, Chief Minister steps in)

Meanwhile, the Central Drug Laboratory in Kolkata will come out with its report on March 15 over whether the IV fluids administered to the deceased were indeed contaminated.
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