KARIMGANJ: At a time when the State Health Department is basking in the glory of its first bone marrow transplant performed at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), a bizzare incident that reportedly occurred in a government hospital in Karimganj district has brought bad repute to the entire medical fraternity.
A few days ago, pregnant Navy Namasudha was admitted to the Karimganj Civil Hospital for her delivery. Dr. A K Biswas of the same hospital performed Caesarian Section on the expectant mother. However, somewhat bizarrely, he was horrified to discover that the fetus was not fully formed and was compelled to sew the woman back up.
Following this harrowing incident, Namasudha was kept at the government hospital for 11 days where she underwent recovery. She was finally released on Wednesday, not yet fully recovered. This incident created furor in the locality as an outraged mob, making allegations of "negligence", turned up at the hospital to protest.
Meanwhile, Karimganj police has disclosed to media that both parties – the pregnant woman and the doctor – have reached a settlement. No case has been registered in this regard, it has been learnt.
It is pertinent to note here that Assam has among the highest maternal mortality rates (MMR) in the entire country. The State's MMR was 205 in 2017-19.
During the same period, India's MMR was 103, according to the Sample Registration System's (SRS).
Presenting a stark picture, many developed countries have successfully brought down MMR to single digits. Italy, Norway, Poland and Belarus have the lowest MMR of two, while it is seven in both Germany and the UK, 10 in Canada and 19 in the US.
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