There were allegedly no doctors in the PHC she went to at that time, and a nurse and hospital worker tried to deliver the child.

Woman dies during childbirth Telangana ambulance strike lack of doctors to blameImage for representation
news Healthcare Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 18:57

In a shocking incident, a 32-year-old pregnant woman in Telangana’s Asifabad district died due to the unavailability of doctors and the lack of ambulance services in the region.

According to reports, B Saritha, a resident of Sulugupally, went into labour on Friday around 11.30 pm.

Saritha’s husband Shankar immediately rushed her to the nearby Primary Health Care centre in Bejur in an auto. However, there were allegedly no doctors in the hospital at that time, and a nurse and hospital worker tried to deliver the child. However, Saritha developed complications and had a seizure during the process.

According to the New Indian Express, the staff then told Shankar to take her to a bigger hospital in Sirpur T—  over 50 km away — at 2 am.

However, when he reportedly contacted 108 emergency services, he was refused service due to the ongoing workers' strike.

Shankar later found a private vehicle and took her to a private hospital in Sirpur T.

Things took a turn for the worse, as the hospital allegedly refused to admit her knowing the higher risk involved, Asifabad district Medical Health Officer Subbarayudu said.

They then decided to take her to a hospital in Mancherial, but Saritha lost her life in the ambulance while on the way. Subbarayudu said that Saritha had come to the PHC with bleeding.
“She was in her fourth pregnancy. We can't blame the 108 ambulance workers entirely,” Subbarayudu said. Furthermore, responding to the allegation that there were no doctors, he said that the doctors would be available when called during emergencies.

In Telangana, the 108 workers have been on full strike since August 14. Their demands include pay revision, payment of pending salaries, withdrawing the public-private partnership model with GVK-EMRI and reducing the number of working hours.

As the workers were protesting, GVK sacked all the employees on August 14. However, on Saturday, they asked them to join duty back by Sunday 8 pm unconditionally and said those who fail to report for duty would be terminated.

"The full and final settlement of their dues including salaries, gratuity etc will be done on Monday and cheques will be sent to their respective homes. This way, all ties with the workers who chose to remain on strike, will be severed,” said Dr Brahmananda Rao, GVK EMRI’s Chief Operating Officer said.



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