In yet another case of negligence by authorities, a man was forced to carry the dead body of his seven-month-old niece on a bicycle after an ambulance was denied to him. He travelled on a bicycle along with the dead body from Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh to his village in Majhanpur tehsil. The child, who was admitted to the hospital two days ago after she started vomiting and had loose motions, passed away on June 13 during treatment. Her father, who had admitted her, had left for Allahabad to arrange money for the treatment when the incident occurred.
According to a PTI report, the deceased’s uncle said that despite repeated pleas to the hospital authorities, no vehicle was provided to carry his niece’s dead body. He had to borrow a bicycle and carry it for almost 10 km to reach the village.
Following the incident, an FIR was lodged against the on-call doctor and the driver of the ambulance. The administration could not arrange an ambulance as there was no budget for fuel, said the hospital sources.
The hospital has reportedly initiated an enquiry too. “We have taken cognisance of the incident. An inquiry has also been initiated. Once the report of the inquiry is available, we will take stringent action against the guilty,” SK Upadhyay, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Kaushambi, said.
Meanwhile, a similar incident was reported also from Odisha, where the body of a teenage girl was wheeled from a district hospital in Phulbani through the streets drawing public attention. She had allegedly drowned while taking a bath.
A slew of similar incidents has caught the attention of the public in the recent past. On May 20, a pregnant woman hailing from Chak Ahmadipur village was declared ‘brought dead’ by the district hospital and was denied an ambulance. Her husband carried her body for some distance before hospital authorities, sensing trouble, arranged an ambulance.
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In Odisha, a tribal was forced to carry his wife’s body on his shoulders for 10 kilometres while his daughter walked alongside after authorities failed to arrange an ambulance. A labourer carried his 15-year-old son home after being turned away from a government hospital in Etawah last month.
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