OHRC directs state govt to compensate neglected woman


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Wednesday recommended the state government to pay compensation of Rs fifty thousand to a woman for alleged negligence towards her by a state-owned hospital in Mayurbhanj district. The woman, Rina Singh was forced to deliver a girl outside the hospital in March this year as the hospital was locked in the midnight.

On March 28, pregnant Singh was rushed to the community health centre at Barasahi around 12 am. “As she was groaning in pain, the nurse and other staffers did not open the hospital’s gate. The nurse cited the absence of doctor in the hospital and insisted the patient to go to another hospital. Singh was forced to deliver a baby outside the hospital,” OHRC’s acting chairperson B K Mishra said in his order. The rights panel had then sought a report from the chief district medical officer in Mayurbhanj.

The commission found gross negligence on part of the nurse, identified as Chandrakanti Mohakud. The commission said the nurse should have provided Singh basic healthcare facilities even after the delivery, but she was nonchalant. Sources said Mohakud was placed under suspension in April.

“We recommend the government to pay her Rs fifty thousand compensation within eight weeks and furnish a compliance report to us. The compensation amount should be recovered from Mohakud,” the OHRC order said.

The development once agains exposed the sorry state of affairs of the healthcare system in Odisha. Incidents like Dana Majhi carrying his dead wife on shoulder, unabated Japanese Encephalitis deaths in Malkangiri, malnutrition deaths of children at Nagada and unavailability of ambulances in remote pockets already left the government in a spot.

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