In comprehensive judgment, Allahabad HC passes slew of directions to improve public healthcare delivery in the state
(PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (PIL) NO - 14588 OF 2009 SNEHALATA SINGH@ SALENTA & ORS VS. STATE OF UP &ORS) The writ petition No. 14588 of 2009 was filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, as a Public Interest Litigation, highlighting pathetic conditions of medical services in State of U.P, with special reference to the personal experience of petitioner Snehalata Singh, a poor woman brick kiln labourer who was traumatised and neglected in the primary health centre, leading to an obstetric fistula. Snehalata was returned back home without treatment for fistula leaving her to face incontinence of urine and faeces. A public interest litigation filed in the Allahabad High Court highlighting the pathetic conditions of medical services in the state, with specific reference to Snehalata Singh. The PIL raised the following issues of concern;
- The petitioner Snehalata was admitted in Purkanji Public Health Centre on February 13, 2007 for delivery. However soon after her delivery she was discharged. Salenta soon found out that the negligent and disrespectful treatment and care that she had received in the PHC had left her with fistula (a condition which occurs if a woman’s labour becomes obstructed and creates a hole between the bladder or the urethra and the rectum due to the constant pressure of the foetus, which renders her incontinent).
- The PIL further noted that Salenta that she was referred from one hospital to another but the treatment was ineffective. Her condition remained undiagnosed till May 2007.
- A hospital in Muzaffarnagar Hospital diagnosed her with a Urethra- Vaginal Fistula but failed to provide her with any services due to paucity of funds.
- Despite repeated request to the district officers, she did not receive any treatment. Finally on February 2008 Snehalata was finally operated upon at the King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, and finally after a month in March 2008 the catheters were removed.