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Woman dies, labour ward ransacked

Siliguri, June 17: The death of a pregnant woman admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital this morning led to the ransack of the labour ward by her relatives who alleged negligence on the part of the doctors attending to her.

Dipa Roy, 22, a resident of Kayelpara in Jalpaiguri district, was nearly nine months into her pregnancy and she was admitted to the ward on June 13 for delivery.

“We admitted her to the hospital on Saturday after she had complained of labour pains. But the doctors gave little attention to her and she died around 6.30am today,” said Bimal Roy, the woman’s husband. “The doctors said she had died because of severe jaundice. It is true that she was suffering from the disease, but had the doctors given her proper treatment, she would have survived,” said Bimal, a farmer.

Enraged, Bimal, Dipa’s brother Sunil Roy, her uncle Chandramohan Singha and two others ransacked the nurses’ cubicle in the labour ward.

“They tried to overturn the table and threw away papers and some articles lying on it. An altercation ensued between the nurses and the deceased’s relatives, but police soon reached the hospital and brought the situation under control,” said an attendant of another patient, who was in the labour ward. The relatives were in the hospital for three more hours till they were given Dipa’s body and all through this time, they were yelling at the hospital staff.

“The patient did not die because of negligence on the part of the doctors and nurses. She was suffering from severe jaundice and was in hepatic coma (loss of consciousness due to lever failure). Her bilirubin count was 21, which is considered very high,” said Shyamapada Pati, the head of the gynaecology department.

“There was some trouble in the labour ward and we informed police who brought the situation under control. I have not received any complaint from the patient’s relatives,” said Satyapriya Bhattacharya, the deputy superintendent of the hospital.

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