Two women, who underwent caesarean section surgery at the MN Area Hospital in Malakpet in Hyderabad and delivered children, died at Gandhi Hospital while undergoing treatment after they were shifted there on Thursday.
Sri Venella, a 23-year-old who hails from the Nagarkurnool district, delivered a baby on Wednesday by cesarean section, following which her condition worsened.
“The next day, hospital staff said her condition was deteriorating as her pulse had weakened and her heartbeat had increased. The staff shifted her to Gandhi Hospital after her condition became severely critical,” Sri Venella’s husband Mahesh, a driver by profession, told reporters.
Doctors at Gandhi Hospital told Mahesh that his wife had dengue fever, and that her platelet count had dropped, following which she died while undergoing treatment.
In another case, one Shivani, who hailed from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, was hospitalised on Tuesday, 10 January. On Wednesday, she underwent a cesarean section at the MN Area Hospital.
“Subsequently, her sugar and blood pressure levels slumped, and doctors asked us to take her to Gandhi Hospital for observation,” her husband Jagadish, a software engineer, told reporters.
“However, her condition had already turned critical by then and she died a few hours later,” he added.
The relatives of both women held a protest at the MN Area Hospital on Friday, by displaying a one-day-old in their arms.
The agitators claimed that wrong injections administered by the doctors caused the deaths.
They also lodged a complaint at the Chadarghat Police Station demanding action against the doctors. They alleged that the two women died due to the negligence of the doctors at the hospital.
“We have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC. We are investigating the case. If required, we will add further sections of negligence after the post-mortem report,” Inspector V Bal Gopal of the Chaderghat Police Station told South First.
Meanwhile, the district health official told South First that the Health Department was also investigating the matter, and would take action against the doctors and the staff accordingly.
“We are checking the records. Every hospital maintains records of their daily work, and also about the patients, which they cannot change. We are examining them and checking for lapses. Even if a single act of negligence is found in the investigation, action will definitely be taken against the hospital staff,” a district health official told South First.