Pregnant woman dies at PHC, kin allege negligence
Pregnant woman dies at PHC, kin allege negligence

Eluru: A 21-year- old pregnant woman and her unborn baby died at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) allegedly due to the negligence of the medical officer and staff here at Dharmajigudem village in Lingapalem mandal of West Godavari district on Sunday morning. The irate relatives and villagers reached the PHC and staged dharna and rasta roko on the busy Chintalapudi-Eluru road which caused traffic congestion.

The irate relatives and villagers staged a dharna demanding action against negligent medical staff

According to information, Devarapalli Vighneswari (21), a resident of Sundararaopeta of Mathamgudem Panchayati in Lingapalem mandal was admitted in Dharmajigudem Primary Health Centre for delivery.

 On Sunday morning, as she suffered labour pains, PHC doctor Mojes Vinay and Staff nurse Venkata Kanaka Durga and other staff attended to her delivery. However, Vigneshwari and her baby died allegedly due to the negligence of medical officer and the staff who did not take proper care during delivery.

Devarakonda Tambi, the victim’s husband questioned the PHC staff on her wife’s death. The irate relatives of Vighneswari and villagers of Sundararaopeta reached PHC and demanded immediate action against the negligent official and staff. As the agitation by the relatives and villagers reached the peak stage, Chintalapudi CI A Rajesh, tahsildar Lingapalem B Somasekhar reached the spot and tried to pacify them but in vain.

Finally, knowing about the situation in Dharmajigudem, Chintalapudi MLA and former minister Peethala Sujatha contacted district collector K Bhaskar and SP M Raviprakash on the issue and asked them to take necessary action to pacify the agitators. Following this, the collector directed the district medical and health officer P Koteswari to look into the matter. 

Koteshwari sent additional DMHO Suresh Babu to the village who assured the victim’s family members that the medical officer will be suspended. Finally, the villagers and family members of the victim withdrew their agitation and later, police shifted Vighneswari’s body to Chintalapudi for post-mortem.