The death of a Covid-19 positive nurse, who was six months pregnant, has sparked a row in Meghalaya.
Manisha Turnia, who was a staff nurse at Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong, died due to Covid-19 complications on Sunday.
The authorities of Ganesh Das Hospital faced flak for forcing her to attend duties during the Covid-19 lockdown period violating the Meghalaya government’s order on the pregnant women.
Meghalaya government in a notification on May 17 exempted women employees who are pregnant from attending official duties during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Health minister AL Hek on Monday said that he had sought a detailed report on the circumstances that led to the death of the pregnant staff nurse of Ganesh Das Hospital.
Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman Warr claimed that the staff nurse who succumbed to the Covid-19 infection was not doing Covid duties.
Trained Nurses’ Association of India, (Meghalaya State Branch) expresses their grief at the loss of one of their colleagues Nurse Manisha Turnia in the battle against COVID-19.
Nevertheless, an earlier Govt notification dated 17 May exempts pregnant women from attending work and at this point, it is important to enquire why this young medical worker was called to duty. (2/4)
— Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh (@ampareenlyngdoh) May 31, 2021
Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh has demanded an inquiry into the incident.