Medical Negligence Leads to Death of a Dalit Woman


Our Community Correspondent Saroj Kumar Rawani reports from Chatra, Jharkhand where a case of medical negligence leading to death has surfaced. Saroj spoke to the mother in law of the deceased who narrated the whole incident to him. 

"Rekha Devi was my daughter in law and she was pregnant. Late night she started experiencing pain and we had to arrange for a vehicle somehow and take her to the hospital. In the hospital, everything was ok and the newborn was doing fine. However, once we started going back the same night she started bleeding heavily and died on the way," recalled Rekha's mother in law. 

There are no primary health centres in this village in Chatra, Jharkhand that can handle mother and child care. Hence, a lot of villagers have to rush to the nearest district hospital or private hospital which is usually a half an hour ride away. This coupled with bad roads make the journey intolerable for a lot of expectant mothers and some also lose their child on the way.

Saroj reports that the government has not registered a case or even provided the family with any compensation.  

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