Hyderabad: Expressing serious concern over the tragic death of a pregnant woman from Jogulamba Gadwal district recently, Telangana High Court directed the state government to ensure the treatment of non-COVID patients.

Acting on a PIL based on a letter written by an advocate, the court directed the state to file a detailed affidavit and posted the case for hearing on May 20.

Further, the division bench issued directions to the state government to ensure that medical emergencies like pregnancies etc. are attended to during the Lockdown.

The court directed the Telangana government to seriously think of making available sufficient number of ambulances, which should be distributed throughout the city and the state for emergency patients.

K Kishore Kumar, an advocate from Leeza in Gadwal district had written to the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, urging him to direct the state government to ensure pregnant women are given urgent care in government hospitals and not make them run for nearly 200 Kms and lose both the mother and child as has happened recently.

A week ago, Jenila, a woman from Leeja went to Rajoli PHC after developing labor. She was referred to the district hospital and then taken to Mahabubnagar district hospital.

Later she was taken to Government Maternity hospital at Hyderabad. But doctors refused to admit her stating that she has come from a COVID-19 hotspot and needs to be tested first for the infection. She was again sent to Gandhi hospital for COVID tests.

After testing negative, she came back to Maternity hospital, where a C section was performed and she delivered a child. But as their condition was critical, she was shifted to Osmania hospital and the child was shifted to Niloufer. Eventually, both mother and child died.

Her husband Mahender blamed the hospitals for not treating his wife at the initial stage. He held doctors at Gadwal, Mahabubnagar, and Maternity Hospital, Hyderabad responsible for the death of his wife and child.

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