A pregnant woman was refused admission at two hospitals in West Jaiñtia Hills and struggled for a day before getting admission to the Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong for delivery with the help of a Good Samaritan.
This was revealed by a waheh shnong of Tongseng (Narpuh) Chemwanbiang Rymbai on Wednesday.
The two hospitals, the Dr Norman Tunnel Hospital and the Jowai Civil Hospital allegedly refused to admit a pregnant woman on September 24.
Rymbai said that the woman, Meris Lyngdoh from his village had first gone to the Dr Norman Tunnel hospital at 4 am but was turned away stating unavailability of doctors and nurses. He said the woman was also taken to the Jowai Civil Hospital where she was not only refused admission but was insulted by a staff of the Jowai Civil Hospital.
“The family had requested the hospital to admit her even in the verandah of the hospital. But she was insulted by a staff questioning her why she did not bring her entire family and the rangbah shnong along,” Rymbai stated.
He said that the woman had to travel to Shillong with the help of a Good Samaritan from Lumshnong, Shemphang Bamon who got her admitted at the Ganesh Das Hospital where she delivered a healthy baby.
Pointing out that while the government encourages institutional delivery Rymbai said such incidents are proving otherwise.