Bengaluru: A mother gives birth for a baby inside auto-rickshaw, due to the impact of COVID-19 which made to be bed shortage in hospital.
The tragic incident happened in Bengaluru and the baby dies. The mother and child were taken to many hospitals in search of medical care.
According to the police report, the woman and the infant were seeking medical assistance from everywhere. They were taken to almost three state-run hospitals but the doctors denied to admit her and the infant in the hospital due to the bed shortage.
During the reporter’s enquiry, the Srirampura Government Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Vanivilas, which is the maternity wing of Victoria, all said they had no beds to accommodate a pregnant woman on the verge of giving birth. Victoria Hospital, which does take up serious cases, is a designated COVID-19 facility.
There is a hospital dedicated to pregnant women in the city’s Wilson Garden neighbourhood, but it is unclear if the mother knew this.
This tragic incident became debatable in all the media in Karnataka.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote about this on Twitter and his tweet brought the woman’s plight into focus, appealed to the current Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, asking him to take action.
He tweeted that “A pregnant woman, who was experiencing labour pain, was denied treatment by many hospitals in Bengaluru. She lost her newborn baby after delivering it in an auto-rickshaw. @CMofKarnataka, I urge you to take action against all those hospitals that denied treatment.”
He wrote on another tweet that “More non covid patients are dying in Karnataka due to denial of treatment by hospitals. @CMofKarnataka, cancel the licenses of all those hospitals that deny treatments. Just a mere warning will not move hospitals.”
This is a second terrible tragic death in Bengaluru due to lack of medical care. Hospital beds in Bengaluru are rapidly becoming a scarce commodity following a surge in covid-19 cases.