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Woman delivers stillborn on road after family fail to bribe hospital staff

A woman in India’s Madhya Pradesh state delivered a still born premature baby on the road after the parents failed to pay a bribe to the hospital staff.

The incident took place on Tuesday outside the district hospital in Bhind. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident.

Six-month pregnant Kallo, a resident of Rajupura village in Bhind, was taken to the hospital by her husband and mother-in-law on Monday night after she complained of acute labor pain.

The family alleges that the hospital staff asked for ₹ 5,000. When they said they did not have the money, the staff asked them to get the ultrasound done elsewhere. The child was born as soon as they left the hospital.

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Bhind district hospital administration has formed a panel of three doctors to conduct an inquiry in the entire episode.

According to the Bhind district hospital civil surgeon Dr Anil Goyal, “The incident happened on Tuesday late night and the foetus had died inside the womb only. The patient’s kin were informed about it by the on-duty staff, but the patient’s kin unsatisfied with it, left the hospital. No one turned them away from the hospital.”

Government hospitals in the state have been struggling to cater to the population. In MP, there are 3000 vacancies of doctors in government hospitals.

Madhya Pradesh spends just 4.9% of its total expenditure on health. It is placed 28th among all Indian states in terms of expenditure on health, according to the National Health Account report.