The death due to pregnancy-related complications of a woman from Nilgiris adds on to the three, which happened in the last four days.
The woman was admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital after being referred from Ooty Government Hospital on Monday.
Jayanthi, Amutha and Saraswathi, delivered babies through C-section at the Government Sait Memorial Maternity Hospital in Ooty earlier this week. All of them died due to post-partum ailments.
The family members of the women complained that full-time doctors were not available to perform caesareans and only trainee students and nurses were available. Besides, there was only one ventilator in the Ooty hospital.
Also, they interrogated that these patients who died were regularly examined in the hospital for the past nine months. In that case, how could the hospital now suddenly claim that they had died of other ailments? They demanded probe into the initial treatment given to victims at Ooty and urged compensation.
Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project director M.S.Shanmugam, Director of Medical and Rural Health Services A.Chandranathan and National Rural Health Mission expert adviser Rathna Kumar visited the hospital to study the circumstances that led to the deaths.
Dr.Chandranathan claimed that the deaths were not due to negligence.
Rupture of the amniotic sac, blockage of pulmonary artery, bleeding triggered by fibroid uterine, renal failure were the range of complications and the reasons for the deaths.
The WHO notes that in 2014 the major direct causes of maternal deaths globally are: severe bleeding/hemorrhage, infections, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia), obstructed labour, blood clots/embolism and pre-existing conditions.
Malaria,anaemia,HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease, are the indirect causes of which all may complicate pregnancy or be aggravated by it.