Pregnant woman dies after hospitals in Imphal allegedly refused admission

From JNIMS, the patient was taken to RIMS and then to Imphal Hospital, Raj Medicity and a private hospital among others

A pregnant woman from Noney district died Thursday morning after she was allegedly denied admission by five hospitals in Imphal.

The deceased, 20-year-old Kanpatliu Kamei, wife of Roshan Balang of Puichi village, died carrying an unborn child at the casualty entrance of Shija Hospital in the wee hours. Reacting to the incident, the state health department constituted an enquiry committee to probe to ascertain the facts leading to the death of the pregnant lady.

Additional director, Medical directorate Dr H Babychand and deputy director, medical directorate Dr Y Premchand was appointed as the chairperson and member of the enquiry committee. The enquiry committee is to submit the report within a period of a week from August 6.

Family sources said that late Kanpatliu arrived at Senapati district hospital around 3 pm from Makuilongdi village in Senapati district, her maternal home. It is learnt that the deceased was staying at her maternal home since the past few months.

The doctors at the district hospital kept her under observation for several hours and later referred her to the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Imphal around 10 pm.

Dr Allen Chiru, a senior medical doctor who attended the woman said that the patient was admitted in the hospital around 4 in the evening and it was learnt that they had earlier tried to deliver the baby at home through some ASHA workers before coming to the hospital. However, when Kanpatliu complained that she could not feel any movement of the baby, she was later brought to Senapati district hospital with a complaint of pain in the abdomen.

After having been admitted, the casualty doctor did an ultrasound and found that there was no fetal heart rate, said the doctor. He said the same was explained to the husband and patient's attendants. Moreover, the patient party was also informed about her pelvic examination and told them it was borderline and she will be observed sometime for progress of labour, and if there is non-progress of labour, the patient will be referred, added Chiru.

The doctor asserted that the patient was referred on the request of the husband and relative for referral to higher centre around 10 pm.

Medical superintendent, Senapati district hospital, Dr Thao Barou said that the vitals of the patient were normal when she left the hospital. It was observed that the condition of the woman was stable with BP 110/70 mmhg, PR 80/min. IV fluid and injectable antibiotics were instituted, said Barou.

Subsequently, the patient party hired a private vehicle and reached JNIMS around 12.30 am. The family further informed that as the patient was deprived of treatment at JNIMS they approached other hospitals in Imphal, including the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and a handful of private hospitals. However, the patient succumbed at the campus of a private hospital. 

Pouchulung Kamei, a cousin of the deceased woman who accompanied her to Imphal, said the deceased was refused to be treated at JNIMS on the pretext that a patient tested positive at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology ward of the hospital. “We were informed that they no longer admit new patients due to the positive cases in the department and haplessly wandered from one hospital after another,” said Pouchulung Kamei. He (Kamei) informed that they possessed a COVID-19 Negative test result.

From JNIMS, the patient was taken to RIMS and then to Imphal Hospital, Raj Medicity and a private hospital among others, said Pouchulung.

He recalled that they sought the help of a man who was working in a pharmacy near JNIMS to take them to other hospitals including RIMS as the party was stranger to the environment in Imphal. However, Kanpatliu breathed her last around 3 inside the campus of Shija hospital.

First Published:Aug. 7, 2020, 12:02 a.m.