Imphal: The Manipur state government on Thursday constituted an inquiry committee to look into the incident of a pregnant woman who died along with her unborn baby after hospitals denied her admission for delivering the baby in Imphal.
The team headed by medical directorate additional director (Plg) Dr H Babychand and deputy director (PH) Dr Y Premchandra as a member has been asked to submit the findings of the incident within a week.
As per the family sources, the 20-year-old pregnant woman from Noney district was shifted from Senapati district hospital to Imphal after the complications of delivering the baby.
However, the woman in labour was turned away by hospitals in Imphal, including JNIMS and RIMS, on the pretext of non-availability of doctors to deliver the baby despite showing the COVID-19 negative test report, said the sources.
Unfortunately, the woman in her full-term pregnancy died at the entrance of the casualty at Shija Hospital in Imphal around 4 am, sources said.
Following the incident, the state government issued an order and instructed all the hospitals, both government and private, to ensure that any patient visiting the hospital is given prompt attention, especially emergency and time-bound cases.
Each hospital shall designate staff to ensure that there is no denial of service. Any violation will be dealt seriously under Manipur Nursing Homes and Clinical establishment Act, 2005, said the statement.
Moreover, to enable prompt COVID-19 testing to patients, the state government will provide Rapid Antigen kits through the directorate of health services, it said.