Pregnant Women Facing Serious Problems in Lockdown: Congress
·Congress demands separate Control Room to attend pregnancy cases
·Sameer blames CM KCR for death of pregnant woman in Hyderabad
·Private hospitals pressuring for cesarean, charging exorbitant amounts: Congress
Hyderabad, May 16 (Maxim News): The Congress party on Sunday demanded that the Telangana Government take adequate measures to minimise the inconvenience being faced by pregnant women in view of on-going lockdown due to Coronavirus.
“Hospitals are blatantly refusing to admit pregnant women for deliveries. They are also being denied necessary medical counselling for any complications. This is totally inhuman and intolerable,” Hyderabad City Congress Committee (HCCC) Minorities Department Chairman Sameer Waliullah said in a statement today.
Citing the example of a woman, Pavani, a resident of Sultan Bazar in Hyderabad, Sameer Waliullah said that the woman was denied admission by five hospitals which consequently led to her death in the ambulance on 14th May. “The State Government should register double-murder case against the managements of hospitals who denied her admission. By denying her medical treatment, they not only killed Pavani, but also murdered the child in her womb just a few hours before his/her birth,” he said.
“Since Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao holds the Medical & Health portfolio, he is directly responsible for Pavani’s death and also the death of other pregnant women who are being refused admission in both private and government hospitals. It has been established on multiple occasions that CM KCR is highly insensitive to the death of citizens of Telangana even if they include pregnant women. He can’t even imagine the pain Pavani’s family might have gone through after losing her and her unborn child,” he alleged.
Sameer Waliullah said that the State Government must take immediate measures to provide equal importance to non-Covid cases including pregnancies. He said the people were not finding any transportation to shift pregnant women to hospitals after they start getting labour pain. He said ambulances were either not available or they are not affordable for poor and even middle-class families. Hundreds of women are facing the risk of losing their lives due to lack of transportation during the lockdown period, he said.
The Congress leader demanded that the State Government set up a separate control room to attend to problems of pregnant women. The authorities should arrange transportation of pregnant women from their house to the hospital and also ensure that they get admission in nearby hospitals without any delay or complications. Further, he said almost all hospitals are pressuring for cesarean even in cases where normal deliveries are possible. They are charging Rs. 1.50 Lakh to Rs. 2 Lakh for each delivery on the pretext of Covid situation.
“Covid treatment is proving to be a profitable business for all private and corporate hospitals. They are linking every disease like heart, kidneys or even acidity with Covid. They are forcing even asymptomatic patients to undergo lungs CT Scan if they are tested negative in RAT and RT-PCR tests. Their focus is on selling a Covid package of Rs. 5-10 lakh to each patient in the name of Covid treatment. They are administering heavy doses of antibiotics and other medicines to all patients. In most of the cases, patients are dying not due to Covid, but due to wrong medication. Since the Covid bodies are not subjected to post-mortem or other reviews, the hospitals are hiding their sins by declaring that those deaths occurred due to Coronavirus. This is an organised crime and the State Government must set up a mechanism to check and stop such activities,” he demanded.
Sameer Waliullah said that the KCR Govt has failed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Telangana which killed thousands of people and infected over 5 lakh people. At least now, it should implement the positive suggestions being given by the opposition parties to save many lives. (Maxim News)