Two women give birth outside government clinic in Uttar Pradesh (Lead)

September 4th, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 4 (IANS) Two Dalit women have been forced to give birth outside a community health centre here, even after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court pulled up authorities in a similar case this week.Meena Devi, 23, and Sheela Rawat, 28, gave birth outside a community health centre (CHC) in Nagram locality Wednesday night. Their family members said the CHC was found locked when they arrived there.

As the women started having labour pains, their family members along with some accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers prepared a makeshift delivery room by hanging bedsheets around where the two gave birth, the family members said.

It was only after protests by Nagram residents that two doctors arrived about an hour later and admitted the two women and soon thereafter discharged them, the family members said.

Lucknow chief medical officer A.K. Shukla said an inquiry was ordered in the case and refused to comment further.

The Lucknow bench of the high court Tuesday had reprimanded the state health authorities after Sarvesh Kumari gave birth outside a hospital.

On June 29, Sarvesh Kumari was admitted to the Gosainganj CHC in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

However, the CHC staff did not attend to her and asked her to go to some other hospital though she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

She was then forced to give birth on the roadside adjacent to the CHC.

The court order came in the course of the hearing of a writ petition filed by Shakuntala Devi, a staff nurse of CHC Gosainganj, against her suspension order in the same matter.

After the Sarvesh Kumari case, Shakuntala Devi was placed under suspension July 2.

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