On Monday, A pregnant woman died apparently due to transfusion of unmatched blood at the gynaecology department of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), sparking a protest by their family inside the hospital.
“My sister-in-law, Nasreen Bibi, died today during childbirth at the gynaecology ward of the Jinnah Hospital, due to a reaction after blood transfusion,” said Mureed Ali, a relative of the deceased, while talking to local media reporter. “We have been told that nurses are on protest, so unmatched blood transfusion resulted in the death of Nasreen as well as her baby.”
Dr. Seemin Jamali, executive director of JPMC, confirmed that a 35-year-old woman had died after giving birth by cesarean section in the gynecology department. He stated that they had formed a five-member committee to investigate the incident and present their report within 72 hours
“Yes, a woman has expired at the gynaecology ward, and her relatives are calling for a probe. They believe unmatched blood transfusion could have resulted in a severe reaction, but we can’t say anything at the moment. Nurses are on boycott and doctors at the wards are under a tremendous pressure. We have to find out the real cause of death and address it,” Dr Seemin said.
Some unconfirmed deaths of some newborns and young children have also been registered in public hospitals, including the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), which are shared on social networks and attributed to the ongoing protest by nurses, but health authorities have indicated that despite the problems, they are managing the situation by reducing the number of hospitalized patients.
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