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Thane’s tribal woman is made to sit on the steps of the hospital for hours in labor pain, alleges activist

By PTI

Thane: A 28-year-old tribal woman in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district was followed in the footsteps of a government hospital for nearly 11 hours by her staff, who asked to meet her relatives. A social worker on Sunday alleged that her medical examination was done earlier.

Activist Pramod Pawar said the incident took place on Saturday at Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital.

However, the medical superintendent of the hospital said that they were not aware that the pregnant woman was made to sit outside the facility for hours, and when they were informed about this, they immediately arranged for her admission.

“The woman named Rohini Maruthi Mukne, a resident of a village near Bhiwandi, went into labor and was brought to the hospital around 1 pm yesterday. However, the hospital staff refused to admit her and she had to walk till midnight. The staff asked his relatives to get his blood and other tests done and to make arrangements for blood supply.

When the workers and other members of their organization came to know about this, they took up the matter with the hospital management.

Finally, its medical superintendent intervened and the woman was eventually admitted to the facility, he said.

When contacted, Rajesh More, Medical Superintendent of IGM Hospital said, he was not aware that the woman was made to sit outside the hospital.

“When I came to know about this around 10 pm, I made arrangements to get him admitted immediately,” he said.

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