Bantwal: A homemaker from Porluppadi in Vittal Padnur village, an expectant mother, died after getting admitted to a government hospital on Monday.
Girija (28), wife of Ramesh, had arrived with a few members of her family at the community health centre in Vittal on Monday morning. After a check-up she was advised to be admitted to the maternity ward. Her condition was normal since morning until evening.
But around 9.30 pm, she lost consciousness and was asked to be taken to Mangaluru. She was shifted to an ambulance. When the ambulance staff tried to give her first aid, she was found to have breathed her last already.
The ambulance staff conveyed the news to the family members. Besides the kin, a large number of public gathered at the hospital to protest against the alleged negligence of the staff. They claimed that the woman had already died in the hospital and the staff was trying to shirk the blame. They refused to allow the body to be taken for post-mortem examination, until top health officials arrived and explained the position.
On receiving information, the Vittal police arrived on the spot but the public refused to move out of the place. The information reached health minister Khader.
On his instructions, district health officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao, taluk health officer Dr Naveenchandra, family welfare officer Sikandar Pasha and others arrived in the early hours on Tuesday and held talks with the agitators.
A team headed by forensic experts Dr Kanchan and Dr Nizarat Jabeena conducted the post-mortem examination at the district hospital in Mangaluru.