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Docs ‘flee’ scene after woman dies delivering baby at pvt hospital

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Srinagar, Jun 11: Doctors and paramedical staff of a private hospital in Srinagar allegedly ran away after a young woman died delivering her first-born on Monday morning.
Nuzhat Bano, 30 – who was married to Tariq Ahmad, a resident of Nowshera, 10 months ago – died on the operation table at Khanam’s Hospital after delivering a baby boy.
Alleging medical negligence, the family said the doctors and other staff of the hospital “kept us in dark” for around three hours before “fleeing away” from the hospital even as the deceased body was kept in the theatre.
Enraged, the family members damaged the hospital property and even injured the anesthesiologist, who tried to pacify them.
“The only people present there were the police personnel who were trying to calm down the attendants of the deceased lady,” an eyewitness told The Kashmir Monitor.
Shafat Ahmad, the deceased’s brother-in-law, said they left for the hospital at 7 am Monday after she developed labour pain.
He said: “Soon we were at the hospital where she was operated upon at 8:30 am. She gave birth to a baby boy at 8:45 am. The theatre staff handed over the newly born to the family, however, doctors kept Nuzhat inside on the pretext that she was under observation.”
As the family enquired after one and half hours, they, as per Shafat, were told that the patient was “completely fine”.
“Then they called my brother and informed him that she is feeling short of breath, but there is nothing to worry about,” Shafat said.
He recalled: “I approached the surgeon and anesthetist twice and they assured me that everything is fine. The prolonged wait was making us apprehensive and we insisted on seeing the patient. After forcing myself inside the theatre, I saw her lying motionless and she looked like a corpse. The female surgeon, who was also my sister-in-law’s gynecologist, now enquired from me, if my sister-in-law had a high or low blood pressure problem.”
He said he could not understand how she was unknown to this problem when she had been treating her from the last three months.
With this, her condition deteriorated, he said. Then they said that they have arranged for an ambulance and soon she will be referred to SMHS.
“I tried to convince them that I have a cousin in SMHS Hospital who can get the ambulance if it will take time. I kept asking them why isn’t she recovering and all I got is false assurances. They asked me to go to another room, although, I did go, but I returned back immediately. On my return I saw doctors trying to revive her heart, but she had already succumbed. We took her out of the theatre around 12:30-1 pm,” he said.
He said that anesthetist told him that when they started performing the surgery, she developed high blood pressure. “This had involved her brain and she bled profusely through nose,” he claimed.
Hearing this, the attendants went berserk and damaged the hospital. The family members said they did not register the FIR. “The body needed to be exhumed and they would again do a minor surgery on her which we never want to happen if we register the case. I fail to understand instead of making us wait, why didn’t they refer her to SMHS if she developed a complication?” the family member of the deceased questioned.
However, Dr Nisara Bhat at the Tahira Khanam Hospital, who conducted the surgery, denied the allegations.
She said they admitted the patient around 7:30 on Monday morning.
“I did a cesarean procedure. The baby was fine and weighed around 3 kg. There was no complication till then. I called up her husband and informed him about her condition,” Dr Bhat said. “After a while, I came to monitor her condition, but noticed they had not shifted her yet as she developed lung spasms.”
The doctor claimed they gave all the required treatment and brought in a physician from JLNM Hospital. “In the meantime, her brother-in-law requested to come inside the theatre and see if she is alright. I told him she will be fine and needs intensive care. For that we had decided to refer her to SMHS. Her brother refused to shift her to SMHS. He said they (at SMHS) will not take proper care of her there. I took him outside and tried to reason with him. While, I was trying to make him understand, the lady suddenly suffered from a cardiac arrest and could not recover after that,” Dr Bhat claimed.
She claimed they did best to revive her. “Around eight consultants were present there including a gynecologist, urologist, physician, anesthetist,” she said.
She however claimed they never fled away from the spot.
“In fact, our anesthetist suffered from a head injury as he attacked by the mob. I left from the hospital at 5:30 pm. I recorded my statements and submitted all the documents before the station house officer at Shergari Police station,” the doctor said. “We couldn’t refer her instantly to SMHS until she recovered a bit.”
Dr Bhat said she had been treating her from April 19.
The deceased, the doctor said, suffered from hypertension.
She added: “But it was under control through medication. In fact, before performing the surgery, we had checked her blood pressure levels and even during the surgery as well. The BP levels fluctuate during lung spasms.”


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Gear-up men, machinery for hassle free conduct of Amarnath Yatra: Div Com to Officers

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Srinagar, Jun 24: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed concerned Deputy Commissioners and officers to gear-up men and machinery for the hassle-free conduct of Amarnath Yatra-2019 so that pilgrims do not face any inconvenience.

The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the arrangements put in place for the forthcoming Shri Amarnath Yatra-2019 through Pahalgam and Baltal routes which will commence from July 01 to August 15, 2019.

Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Ganderbal briefed the meeting regarding the fool proof Amarnath Yatra arrangements made by them in their respective districts.

 

The Divisional Commissioner took detailed review of issuance of bar & colour coded passes to employees, erection of signages on National Highway and Yatra track, additional accommodation, medical camps with doctors, para-medic  staff & Medicines, oxygen booths, recovery vans, additional chopper service in a fleet, Bio-Toilets, pitching of tents, mobile & internet connectivity, storage of essential commodities, drinking water and electricity services with back up facilities, erection of shelter

sheds, disaster management, Traffic plan and other necessary facilities for yatra pilgrims.

The Divisional Commissioner asked concerned officers to conduct safety audit of all yatra accommodations and essential commodities on priority basis.

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama was directed to monitor the status of National Highway on daily basis, right from Jawahar Tunnel to Baltal point, till the completion of the Amarnath Yatra-2019.

Further, Khan directed DC Pulwama to constitute teams which would ascertain and report the road condition and the facilities along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and the trekking routes leading up to the Holy Cave.

Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal were directed to monitor the condition of yatra track round the clock and send the report to the Divisional Commissioners office.       

The Divisional Commissioner stressed upon the officers to make sure that all necessary arrangements are made well before in time besides the need for close coordination among different agencies for the successful conduct of Amarnath Yatra-2019.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Chief Engineers of R&B and Mughal Road, RTO Kashmir, Manager NHAI, Director FCS&CA, Divisional Manager FCI, Deputy Director Tourism, Deputy Manager RAMKY and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag, Ganderbal and Kulgam participated the meeting through video conferencing.

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National Commission for Safai Karamcharies puts SMC on notice over violation of workers’ rights

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Srinagar, June 24:  National Commission for Safai Karamcharies Manhar Valjibhai Zala on Monday put the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on notice after  Safai Karamcharies complained that they have been deprived of the basic rights by the authorities.

Interacting with the daily wagers of SMC on the first day of his three day tour, Zala asked the Safaikaramcharies to notify the Commission about their problems.  

Zala was shocked to know that provident fund of Safaikaramcharies is not being deducted from their salaries which he said is a grave violation of the labor laws.

 

Chairman also learnt that there is no life insurance policy scheme available for the Safai Karamcharies. Zala enquired from the chief medical officer Dr Talat Jabeen whether periodic medical checkup of Safai Karamcharies is being conducted in the SMC. He was surprised to know that that there was no specific medical checkup being conducted for the Safai Karamcharies.

The Commission also raised the issue of allotment of flats to the Safai Karamcharies.  Joint commissioner of SMC Syed Abul Qasim said the SMC has allotted land to the Safai Karamcharies but the order is to be sanctioned by the district magistrate where the file is withheld.

Zala advised the officials that the interests of families of Safai Karamcharis should also be protected.

An official spokesman said  Zala directed the concerned officials that the Safai Karamcharis should be made aware about the schemes being implemented by the Central government and proper grievance redressal mechanism should be executed to look into their grievances.

Earlier, Chairman Safaikaramcharis Workers Union, Ghulam Mohammad Solina complained that not a single centrally sponsored scheme for Safai Karamcharies has been implemented by SMC. 

“We demand that there should be a proper implementation of the schemes of central government so that our workers also get benefited,” he said.

The workers complained that they receive meager salaries which are not enough to sustain their families in Kashmir. “Our workers clean the city every day. We are not entitled to any weekly or monthly off. There should be a weekly off for us  akin to other government officials,” one of the workers at the event said.

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Panchayat Internet connectivity: Centre to provide all possible support to JK in implementing connectivity project: Secretary DoT

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan, today chaired the concluding session of a workshop here to discuss recommendations over the implementation of hi-Speed internet connectivity to Gram Panchayats in the state.

While chairing the valedictory session of the two-day workshop on ‘Extension of Broadband and Internet Connectivity to all Gram Panchayats’ of the State under BharatNet here, the Advisor suggested a hybrid model having both constituents of Bandwidth hiring (OPEX Model) and Fiber Laying and Owning (CAPEX Model).

He said that J&K for being a strategic State can start with the service delivery and move on to the infrastructure thing and then move on the model of owning the infrastructure and subsequently it would be beneficial for the State in the long run.

 

The Advisor informed the workshop that the State Government would send its proposal to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) at the earliest for approval.

He said the State will also take in consideration the experiences from other states while finalizing the project for Panchayat Internet Connectivity.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary DoT, Aruna Sundararajan said the Government of India would support whatever model the state government chooses, adding the two options (OPEX and CAPEX) presented during a presentation were with a realistic estimation and also highlighted the pros and cons of the project.

“We are committed to fully supporting the Govt of J&K on whatever model they take. The State Govt will have to make that evaluation, but in case of J&K, we are willing to support whatever is the best in the interest of the state Govt and whatever they decide we will support that. And we will also support it in terms of funding, technical capabilities among other things,” she added.

The panel discussion session was attended by Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce (Additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Information Technology Department/CEO JaKeGA), Navin Kumar Choudhary, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, MD, JKIT Infrastructure Corporation and MD SIDCO, Ravinder Kumar, Director Operational BBNL, VP Singh, DDG (Special Projects) Department of Telecom, GoI, Deepak Chanduka, Senior DDG, Department of Technology, Rakesh Kumar Dubey,  CMD BBNL, Survesh Singh, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat, Project Manager, JaKeGA, IT Department, Irfan Rather, representatives of telecom operators and other concerned.

Earlier, Project Manager, JaKeGA, IT Department, Irfan Rather gave a detailed presentation about different aspects of the project like Phase-I and Phase-II, besides costs and models to implement the project in the State.

He said that the project will pave way for rolling out of any kind of bandwidth intense e-governance services at the Panchayat level.

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