Odisha Another Child Dies As Ambulance Fails To Turn Up

07 September, 2016

In yet another case of medical negligence from Odisha’s Malkangiri district, a child lost his life after the ambulance failed to turn up on time. Reportedly, the child died due to high fever after he was left unattended for hours. Of recent, in a similar incident, images and video of an Odisha man, unable to afford an ambulance, carried his wife’s dead body on his shoulders for nearly 12 km to his home in Melghar village in Kalahandi’s Thuamul Rampur block, about 60 km away. Dana Majhi, along with his teenaged daughter sobbing by his side, wrapped his wife Amangadei’s body in old sheets from the bed at the hospital, adjusted her on his shoulders and started walking to his village. Majhi’s wife, suffering from tuberculosis, died early that morning. According to Majhi, he requested hospital authorities to arrange a vehicle for transporting the body back home. “I requested everyone, but no one listened. What option did I have other than carrying her,” asked Majhi. He had walked for almost 12 km when some youths saw him and alerted local officials. Soon, an ambulance was sent which took the body to Melghar village.