Gangtok: 34-year-old pregnant Sikkimese woman was allegedly thrown out of a nursing home in Bengaluru, Karanataka on Sunday while she was suffering from labor pain, as the hospital officials suspected her of being COVID-19 positive.
She was on her regular visit to the nursing home for her pregnancy check-ups. Two days before the incident, the nursing took her swab test but did not disclose the result.
Social Activist Roseline Gomes working for Swaraj Abhinay told EastMojo, “She developed labor pain around 11:30 am on Sunday, and her family took her to Asha Nursing Home in Viveknagar. Around 2:30 pm, they sent her out of the hospital and refused to admit her, while she was in severe labor pain. They said they could not treat someone with suspected COVID-19 symptoms. She was made to sit in a chair outside the nursing home”.
It appears she spent six hours at the nursing home, yet no healthcare worker attended to her. “How can the hospital be so negligent and throw out a woman in labor pain.” They could have referred her to another hospital or guided us. It is their responsibility to take care of her. We were all panicking and began searching for hospitals to take her to. At around 8 pm, we took her to Vagus Hospital in Malleswaram, and she delivered a healthy baby boy on Monday morning. The mother and baby have been separated as a precautionary measure,” said Roseline Gomes speaking with EastMojo.
When Vagus Hospital contacted the nursing home, they found that the result was positive. The family also got a call later confirming the positive result. As they were unable to afford Vagus hospital, she was shifted to Vani Vilas Hospital later on Monday night.
“It was a huge risk to the mother and baby. The nursing home could have let her deliver and then shifted her to another hospital for COVID-19 treatment. This is a serious issue and is no way to treat a patient, irrespective of if they have corona or not,” asserts Gomes.
The last is said to be from Namchi in south Sikkim and was working as a hairdresser at a beauty salon in Koramangla before the lockdown.
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Karnataka Health Department has asserted on reserving 50 percent of their beds for COVID-19 treatment while criminal action will be taken against private hospitals for denying treatment to COVID-19 patients.