Probe Fails to Find Cause of Maternal Deaths

Published: 18th April 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2015 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR:The high-level probe into the death of three women after undergoing Caesarian Section (CS) at VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR), Burla on April 10, has, as expected, failed to reach any conclusion.

The team led by Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Babaji Charan Das submitted its report to the State Government on Thursday but without citing any reason for mysterious death of the women within hours of undergoing CS surgery.

It has, however, ruled out drug side effects or adverse reactions as a cause stating that the same drugs had been administered to many other patients without any eventuality. Samples of the drugs, though, have been sent to the Central Laboratory with instructions for expeditious testing of the quality.

Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak admitted that the investigation could not find any cause as post-mortem was not conducted on the victims. Though there had been clear cut signs on the abnormal nature of deaths of the three women, the doctors or hospital authorities did not deem it fit to order their post-mortem. With the bodies handed over to their family members and cremated, the investigation itself was doomed from the onset.

Nayak said the conduct of hospital authorities and treating doctors has been taken seriously. “We have sought explanation from the hospital authorities on the issue. Basing on the report, we will fix responsibility on the erring doctors and officials and take appropriate action against them,” he said.

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