BURLA: Three women died after undergoing Caesarian Section (CS) to deliver babies in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) here late on Friday night. The incident came to light after VIMSAR authorities made it public on Saturday.
The deceased have been identified as Sulochana Pradhan (26) of Belpahar in Jharsuguda district, Kalpana Mahakur (27) of Banjibahal and Kasturi Seth (25) of Sialkhandata, both in Bargarh district. All the three women underwent CS on Friday afternoon and died within a span of half an hour between 10.30 pm and 11 pm.
Confirming the deaths, HoD of the Department, Dr Lalmohan Naik said they had performed nine CS on Friday. While three patients died, the rest are fine and stable.
According to sources, Sulochana and Kalpana had sickle cell. Dr Naik said it could have led to their death. However, the cause of Kasturi’s death is yet to be ascertained though it is assumed that she died due to post-delivery complications, he added.
Dr Naik said all the three women were shifted to the ward in good condition after delivery. The condition of their babies was fine even as the child born to Sulochna has been admitted to the Special New Born Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital.
Kalpana’s husband Rukmana Mahakur said everything was normal when Kalpana was admitted to the hospital but did not know what went wrong after the operation.
Meanwhile, Superintendent of VIMSAR Dr LK Dash said the DMET is expected to visit Burla on Sunday accompanied by a team of doctors for a joint probe into the matter.
Terming the incident as shocking and unfortunate, Director of VIMSAR Dr Sunamali Bag said the matter would be probed threadbare.
None of the victims’ families has lodged any complaint with the Burla Police.
Meanwhile, doctors speaking on condition of anonymity said nine cases of Caesarian Section in one day are unusually very high.
Even if two patients had sickle cell, there should not have been any problem with blood transfusion and oxygen being made available to them. The doctors also questioned the post-operation blood reports of the patients.
Since the patients were fine after the operation, the death could have been due to internal bleeding, post-operative pain and administration of pain killer injection, they observed.