Dina Manjhi revisited: Bihar man forced to carry daughter's body after denied an ambulance

The latest incident proves once again that the medical apathy in our country is on an endless repeat

It’s been over an year when a video of a tribal man from Odisha walking with his wife’s body slung over his shoulder shocked the conscience of entire nation. Another video where a middle aged man was seen carrying his 15-year-old son’s body in UP’s Etawah went viral in May. It seems the medical apathy in our country is on an endless repeat.

In the latest incident, a man in Bihar’s Patna was forced to carry the body of her daughter after being allegedly denied an ambulance by a government hospital.

Raushan Kumari, suffering from high fever for six days, died near the Outdoor Patient Department of Patna’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)on Tuesday.

The girl died while her poor father completed the formalities for her treatment and an official posted at the counter refused to help him, reported Times of India quoting her family. The girl’s father Rambalak, who is a daily wager, stood in the queue at the counter, his wife told him the girl’s condition had deteriorated. As Rambalak pleaded with people standing in a long queue to allow him to get the formalities completed out of turn, no one paid heed. He even pleaded with the clerk deployed at the counter, but was asked to come in queue. He also alleged that he lost his child as the hospital staff refused to attend the ailing girl.

What seems to be the height of apathy is that the distraught man was allegedly not even provided an ambulance by AIIMS officials to ferry the body to his village, the Times of India report said.

Meanwhile, AIIMS Patna has denied the claim made by a man that her daughter died after she was refused medical services at the hospital here.
“I am unable to understand what has happened. In fact nobody there came to know about it, how is it possible?” said AIIMS Director Dr. Prabhat K Singh

Dr. Singh also questioned the father’s version of the girl’s death. “I doubt how the girl died. I wonder that if the man left after seeing the long queues in the hospital resulting in the death of the child, ” he told news agency ANI