One woman’s traumatic experience of giving birth at a state-run health facility

One woman’s traumatic experience of giving birth at a state-run health facility

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When Pakku Tuddu brought her pregnant daughter Surujmuni Marandi to the District hospital in Godda district, Jharkhand, she never could have imagined the harrowing experience her daughter would go through. 

Having arrived at the hospital at 10am, Surujmuni was not attended by a doctor till 4pm, as she lay in pain, moaning and calling for help.

All the more, she also had to pay Rs 400 for ‘services rendered’. They even had to buy medicines on their own from outside the hospital.

The ground report by Video Volunteer (VV) community correspondent, Mary Nisha highlights the appalling healthcare facilities in government-run hospitals.

This series on community monitoring of maternal health is supported by Oxfam India.

One expecting mother dies every ten minutes in India. In 2014, 56,000 women died during childbirth in India.

Pregnant women living below poverty line in India are entitled to two government schemes -- Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK). 

Under them they are entitled: 

  • Free and cashless delivery
  • Free drugs and consumables
  • Free diet during stay in the health institutions

But Surujmuni Marandi did not get any food in the hospital for 24 hours. Why? Because there was no arrangement of food in the hospital. 

She had to pay to use the toilet. When she wanted to use the toilet again, she had to defecate in the open because she had no money to pay.

After this entire ordeal, the delivery of the baby was performed by a nurse.

 

Written by: Oxfam India staff

Video source: Video Volunteers

 


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