Housewife’s ward horror at Sungai Petani Hospital

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Sep 2005

SUNGAI PETANI: A housewife who went into labour claimed a staff nurse at the Sungai Petani Hospital pushed up her sarong to the waist and raised her legs in full view of 10 other patients and five trainees at an open ward. 

Zaini Zainol, 33, alleged there were no curtains or screens to prevent people from “gawking” at her.  

Her husband, pasar malam trader Zainuddin Zakaria, 40, apparently could only look on in horror as he stood by her bed. 

In an immediate response, Sungai Petani Hospital director Dr Harif Fadzillah Che Hashim, when contacted, said he would investigate the allegations at once. 

SUCH A SHAME: Zainuddin comforting his wife who started crying while relating her ordeal at the Sungai PetaniHospital’s maternity ward at their home in Baling.

Last week, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek expressed displeasure with the services at the Sungai Petani hospital’s maternity ward, saying that there were weaknesses in the treatment and medical analysis. 

On Sept 7, the gender of a baby born there was listed as “ambiguous”. 

Since June the hospital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, after a nurse slipped an infant out of a ward, while another baby was allegedly “swapped” when a nurse wrongly stated in a form that the newborn was a boy. 

“To worsen things, the nurse asked five or six medical trainees, including two males, to stand and watch,” Zaini said at her home in Baling yesterday. 

After her baby was delivered stillborn, Zaini claimed that she was left half-naked for 10 minutes until the nurse returned to explain to the trainees how to remove the placenta. 

The next morning, she said doctors carried out a scan and told her they had to perform another procedure to remove the “retained placenta” (left in the uterus).  

She was discharged on Sept 15 but was told that the remaining part of the placenta was still inside her uterus. 

“I was told to return to the hospital next week,” she said. 

Zainuddin said they were considering taking legal action.  

“My wife was humiliated. I want the Health Ministry, the Kedah Health Department and the hospital authorities to apologise to her.”  

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