BMO Suspended on Pregnant Woman’s Death, DC asks to Collect report within two days

Baramulla, 30 May-2014, Peerzada Mansoor: After the death of a pregnant woman due to the alleged negligence of doctors of Sub District Hospital Pattan, Baramulla, authorities Thursday placed Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pattan Dr Haseena Mir under suspension till the completion of the probe into the death of the said female patient. According to reports, on Wednesday evening soon after the death of a pregnant woman namely Gulshana Banoo, wife of Muhammad Sharafat Khan, resident of Zangam Pattan, the protestors destroyed equipments and smashed the window panes of Sub District Hospital Pattan.

BMO Suspended on Pregnant Woman’s Death, DC asks to Collect report within two days

BMO Suspended on Pregnant Woman's Death, DC asks to Collect report within two days

Protestors alleged that Gulsahna died due to negligence of the doctors. “She had died in the hospital but to save their skin and to make a fool of us, they told us to shift the patient to Lal Dad Hospital Srinagar,” her father Abdul Ahad Bhat said adding that sensing trouble and feeling their guilt, the hospital authorities fled from the hospital while Block Medical Officer was seen nowhere.

Some months back a lady also died during the labour pain in Sub District Hospital Kreeri Baramulla. The protestors after ransacking the hospital equipments placed the dead body on Srinagar-Muzafarabad highway and resorted to heavy stone-pelting after police tried to disperse them.

The protesters according to reports damaged scores of passenger vehicles. Protesters alleged that police used force and freely burst tear smoke shells in which scores of protesters were injured. Reports also said at least six policemen were injured during the clashes. Reports said that the clashes continued for hours. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla Farooq Ahmed Lone and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Baramulla arrived on spot and assured them of prompt action against the doctors. DC Baramulla told reporters that  two separate committees have been formed to probe the matter. One committee would be headed by District Health Officer Baramulla while another committee has been constituted by Directorate of Health Service,” he said adding that both the committees have been directed to present their report within two days. Director Health Kashmir, Dr  Saleem-ur-Rehman told reporters that Block Medical Officer SDH Pattan Dr Haseena has been suspended till inquiry is completed. A three members committee comprised of Dr Altaf Ahmed, Dr Bashir Ahmed and Dr Anjum will present the report within two days,” he said. The protestors alleged that most of the doctors in the hospital shift their patients to their private clinics. “One Dr Imtiyaz of the same hospital charged Rs 15,000 from me for a minor operation at his private clinic in Bemina while the same operation is done here free of cost,” Meanwhile SSP Baramulla, Mir Suhail said that police has registered an FIR vide number 194/2014 under section 304A, 109 of RPC in this regard. “We have also sought hospital records and  investigation is going on,” he said adding that police has not made any arrest so far.