After similar incidents in Punjab and Sindh, a woman gave birth outside a hospital in Khyber-Pakhtnunkhwa, but could not save her newborn from the extreme cold weather.
According to relatives of the woman, identified as 27-year-old Rehana, she was taken to Mardan Medical Complex in Mardan Town late on Saturday. However, doctors denied her admission and a bed due to ‘already packed Gynae ward’, Express News reported.
Rehana was also told that there was still a week’s time in delivery of her baby.
She, however, started feeling sick as soon as she stepped outside the hospital and had no other option but to give birth to her baby on the road. The unfortunate child could not tolerate the extreme cold weather and passed away soon after entering the world.
Taking notice of the incident, the provincial health department discharged from duties five female doctors and three staff nurses over negligence including Dr Saima, Dr Nuzhat, Dr Nazia, Dr Muzhida, Dr Maria and Ishtiaq.
Similar occurrences were reported from Lahore, Faisalabad and Nawabshah in the past few months when women were denied entries in hospitals. However, the newborns had survived in most cases.