PTI, Meerut: A woman ran from one hospital to another with her daughter’s body in search of an ambulance before spending the night outside the
emergency wing with her dead child as the drivers allegedly refused to take them to their village as it was in another district.
Two-year-old Gulnad,resident of Baghpat district, was undergoing treatment at P L Sharma district hospital in Meerut for viral infection.
On Thursday night, her condition deteriorated and doctors advised Imrana, Gulnad’s mother, to take her to Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College (LLRMC) Hospital also in Meerut for further treatment.
Gulnad was declared dead on arrival when she reached LLRMC.
Imrana wanted to return to Gauripur, her village, 50 km from Meerut, but the ambulance drivers in LLRMC allegedly refused to take her as her native was in another district.
After pleading with the drivers for ‘two hours’, Imrana paid Rs 200 and brought her dead child back to the district hospital, in a private ambulance, to try her luck.
But allegedly there too she was denied ambulance. Private ambulances agreed to take her but demanded Rs 2,500, which she did not have.
Placing her daughter’s body on her lap, Imrana claimed that she spent an entire night outside the emergency wing of the hospital.
The next morning, some good Samaritans took pity on her and arranged a private ambulance.
Jagatraj Tripathi, district magistrate, Meerut, said, “This incident has not come to my notice yet. But I will order an investigation into it.Whoever is found guilty will be punished. I’ll ask the chief medical officer, the additional director that these type of incidents should not happen.”A series of similar incidents were reported from various parts of the country in recent past.
September 2— A man in Odisha’s Malkangiri district walked 6 km with his seven-year-old daughter’s body as the ambulance transporting them to the hospital left them midway after learning that the girl has died.
August 30 — A man lost his ailing 12-year-old son on his shoulder after the state-run Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur sent him to a children’s hospital, 250 metres away, without providing an ambulance, stretcher or wheelchair.
August 27 — A man was forced off a bus with his five-day-old baby and mother-in-law, after his ailing wife died in the vehicle in MP’s Damoh district.
August 25 — With his sobbing daughter in tow, a tribal man in Odisha’s Kalahandi district carried his dead wife for more than 10km because he had no money for transport and the government hospital, where she died, refused him an ambulance.