Portugal’s health minister resigns over death of pregnant Indian woman

Lisbon: Portugal’s Health Minister Marta Temido has resigned over the death of a pregnant Indian woman without treatment. Due to the decision to temporarily stop the emergency maternity treatment systems in the country, the Indian woman who came on a tourist visa could not get treatment.

In Portugal, there was a situation where pregnant women in labor had to be transferred to distant hospitals after the termination of emergency obstetric care. Meanwhile, the Indian woman who came on tourist visa died. This incident caused quite a stir.

The health minister resigned within hours of the woman’s death. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that Temido decided to step down because he realized that he was no longer in a position to continue in office.

A pregnant Indian woman died of a heart attack while being taken by ambulance to another hospital in the capital after there was no vacancy in the neonatology department at Santa Maria, Lisbon’s main hospital.

In a note published on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has already stated that he is waiting for the resignation request of the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and the proposal to appoint a replacement.

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“The Prime Minister informed the President of the Republic of the intention of the Minister of Health Marta Temido to terminate his duties, which she accepted”, reads a text posted on the page of the Presidency with the post titled “Note on the intention to terminate the duties of the Minister of Health”.

A pregnant Indian woman died on Saturday while being transferred from Santa Maria Hospital to Sao Francisco Xavier Hospital on Tuesday due to lack of vacancies in the neonatology service.

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