CAIRO: A woman screams from the pains of labor lying on the street outside of Kafr Al-Dawar hospital in Beheira, as her husband curses the hospital for refusing to admit her in a video that went viral on social media this weekend, prompting many to call for an investigation.
The four-minute video shows the women surrounded by other women and covered with a blanket, as her husband threatens to file a police report. There is no explanation for why the woman was refused admission, and a nurse is seen to attend to the woman, who is brought inside the hospital after she gives birth.
Kafr Al-Dawar deputy manager Ashraf Shehata spoke to The Cairo Post, and refused to comment on the incident, other than to say he denied that it took place recently, assuring that it was only shared on social media in the last few days.
Broadcaster Wael al-Ibrashi said on his program Sunday “if that was real and the woman actually gave birth on the street, then that would be a death certificate to the whole career.”
The Ministry of Health undersecretary Mohamed Mnesey denied Saturday any negligence, saying instead that doctors had advised the patient to walk for a few minutes to “ease the natural birth” and avoid a Caesarean section.
Sada Al-Balad reported Sunday, however, that Mnesey had refereed the incident to Administrative Prosecution to investigate why the woman was refused entry to the hospital.
Adel Khalefa, Director of Public Relations to the Ministry’s of Health office in Beheira Governorate told The Cairo Post Sunday that the incident happened Friday Oct.10, but there had been no follow up from the woman and her family before the release of the video.
“No one knew about that woman before the video that was displayed by the television shows yesterday and then published on social media. This is something weird, if they wanted to make a complaint against the hospital, why wouldn’t they do it earlier, it’s been 9 days since then,” Khalefa said, adding that a full report by the manager of the hospital was expected in the “coming hours.”
A number of Cairo hospitals also fell under scrutiny in the summer, after a victim of a brutal sexual assault during the inauguration of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Tahrir Square was refused admission to a number of hospitals.
President Sisi visited the victim in the days following the attack, and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered in early July that all public and private hospitals admit emergency cases, and offer free treatment.