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Shillong: The Meghalaya government has issued a show-cause notice to Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong after a pregnant woman was denied admission at the hospital on Tuesday, following which the baby died due to lack of medical care, said reports.

The incident had led to a massive public outcry in the state.

Meanwhile, director of health services Dr Aman Warr on Wednesday clarified that as per protocol, since the woman was from a containment zone, the hospital had to take the step. Another reason cited by Warr was due to the lack of space in the isolation ward in the hospital. The five beds in the isolation ward were all occupied and hence the woman was referred to other hospitals. The other hospitals had also refused since they did not have any isolation ward, Warr added.

“The hospitals cannot take the risk of putting the person in the general ward because if there is any mishap the whole hospital will have to shut down. So, taking that into consideration, she was not admitted initially,” clarified Dr Warr.

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The woman was, however, later admitted after arrangements were made at Ganesh Das Hospital, but unfortunately the baby did not survive.

“During the process of delivery, like any other case, there was birth asphyxia and that was why the baby expired. It has nothing to do with the time of admission of the patient. Because had there been any concern about the mother and the child immediate operation would have been required,” said Dr Warr.

According to reports, after a social organisation Hynniewtrep Youth Council intervened it was then that the woman was admitted at the hospital.

Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said that the hospital should have been pre-emptive with the situation considering the COVID-19 crisis. “Hence the government has decided in the review meeting held today to issue a show-cause notice to the hospital,” said Tynsong.

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