Maharashtra’s Health Minister Eknath Shinde, has order inquiry into an alleged incident, where a woman delivered a baby on the stairs of the government-run hospital
It was alleged that the woman was forced to take the stairs, as the lift was not functioning, and no stretchers were available at the hospital
The alleged incident took place at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
The alleged incident happened on Tuesday, January 22. A pregnant woman identified as Sonali Khonjade. A resident of Jalana, Sonali had come to her mother’s place in Aurangabad for her delivery. At home, she had gone into and began experiencing severe labour pains. She was immediately rushed by her family to the government hospital.
When she reached the hospital, the lifts weren’t functioning, and with no stretchers were available, the woman was ultimately forced to take the stairs to reach the second floor of the hospital.
While climbing the stairs, Sonali delivered a baby girl right there and then, as her labour pains were excruciating and she couldn’t hold on any longer. When she delivered the baby, the newborn was declared dead by the hospital authorities, a few moments later.
While speaking to the press in Mumbai, Eknath Shinde, Health Minister of Maharashtra, said, “I have asked for a detailed and comprehensive report from the hospital administration regarding this issue. We have launched an inquiry into this matter. The incident is very shocking. We will take strict action against those who are responsible for this unfortunate incident.”
The health minister further added, “The government will soon start a process of audit and inspecting all the government-run hospitals in the state to check the facilities available at the hospitals.”