U T Khader bails out pregnant woman

Source: TNN | Published on 6th July 2020, 1:33 PM | Don't Miss | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Former health minister U T Khader played the Good Samaritan in ensuring that a pregnant woman underwent a caesarean operation at the very same private hospital that initially refused to accept her after she tested positive for Covid-19. She was seeking medical advice from a gynaecologist at the hospital and had come there for the delivery.

The video clips of the incident, which went viral on social media, saw the Mangaluru MLA earning kudos from netizens for stepping in for the beleaguered woman. Khader told TOI that he intervened after Belma GP vice-president told him about the case. “The hospital authorities had even summoned an ambulance to shift her without giving the patient or her attendants an alternative as to where she could be treated,” he said.

Khader said he told the hospital management that they should have an understanding with other hospitals where they could send their patients if their hospital was not fully equipped to handle Covid-19 patients. “We cannot have incidents, like those that happened in Bengaluru where hospitals turned away patients, who ended up being casualties,” he said.

The social media posts show the hospital authorities threatening the woman’s family for filming the same and even mulling legal action. The family, in turn, is seen telling them that even they are liable for prosecution for refusing to treat a patient. Khader said the hospital authorities relented only after the health authorities decided to shift the patient to the District Wenlock Hospital and book them under KPME Act.

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