Aizawl, May 26 : A 25-year-old woman bled to death at Saiha civil hospital in southern Mizoram after she gave birth to her firstborn Saturday morning, due to absence of blood in the blood bank, official sources said today.
Dr K Rakhu, medical superintendent in charge of the hospital, said the woman A Lalrinngheti, wife of John William, a resident of Siata village in Saiha district, was brought to the hospital at 7:15 pm on Friday to deliver a baby. She had low hemoglobin, which was 6.2 g/dL (gram per decilitre).
"As there was no stock left in the blood bank, she was given six units of blood from emergency blood donors. Even though the doctors and nurses tried their best to save her life, she died at 2:30 am on Saturday," the MS in-charge said. Saiha MLA Dr K Beichhua, who immediately rushed to the hospital, expressed deep sorry over the maternal death, which became rare in India and abroad, occurred in Saiha government hospital. He said the death was a result of low level of awareness in healthcare and lack of properly equipped blood bank. Had there been adequate stock in the blood bank, her life could be saved, he said.
Further expressing the high rate of infant mortality rate in Saiha district, the MLA urged the doctors and nurses to take more efforts to reduce IMR and maternal mortalities. Saying that Saiha has the highest IMR in Mizoram, the MLA pointed out that 97.3 infants out of every 1000 infants died in a year. He expressed grave concern over absence of gynecology and pediatric specialists in the government hospital in Saiha.