Bihar : No ambulance provided, Man carried daughter’s body on shoulders who died in AIIMS queue

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Patna: In a shocking case of medical apathy in Patna, 9-year-old girl named Raushan Kumari, who was suffering from high fever for six days, died near the Outdoor Patient Department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna on Tuesday.

While directed by the staff to get a parcha (registration card) made at the OPD counter for his ill daughter, it became too late and she died without being attended by any doctor, she was just nine years old. Opposition party RJD on Wednesday demanded a high-level probe into the matter.

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Father Rambalak a daily wager, stood in the queue at the counter, his wife told him the girl’s condition had deteriorated. He requested almost everyone in the queue, no one gave him the stand and afterwards pleading to the clerk deployed at the counter but still was asked to come in queue.

A staff of a private agency contracted for cleaning operations at the hospital said on condition of anonymity that, “By the time Rambalak left the counter after getting the registration done, his daughter had died.”

Lack of hospital services to treat his daughter and which killed that poor 9 yr old and adding to this agony he didn’t even get ambulance to ferry his daughter’s body due to which he took body on his shoulder and walked four kms an auto-rickshaw stand at Phulwari Sharif here. Interestingly, Patna AIIMS does not have an Emergency Ward.

AIIMS director Dr Prabhat Kumar Singh said “he had no information that a critical patient had died due to lack of treatment. As far as a parcha is concerned, doctors treat critical patients without it and later their registration is done. But I will inquire into this case if it has happened,”

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav flayed the Nitish Kumar government for its “apathy towards the poorest of the poor” which, he claimed, led to the girl’s death, and demanded a high-level probe.

“Everything has collapsed in Bihar, including law and order, education, and health. The latest incident of the girl’s death at Patna AIIMS vindicates our stand. There is no facility for the poor for treatment — they have been left to die, as happened in this case.”

The Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey, who last week reportedly suggested that patients from Bihar should be treated at Patna’s AIIMS and not in AIIMS at Delhi and he also remarked about Biharis “crowding” AIIMS at Delhi even for minor ailments had drawn criticism from Opposition parties.

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Lalu Prasad said: “Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi have no time for genuine health issues. Both are busy showing their faces in the media, more or less on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

The RJD chief remarked while referring to the death of 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari in Simdega district in neighbouring Jharkhand due to starvation, ” Girls are dying for want of bhat(rice) in Jharkhand and lack of treatment in Bihar,”

Sources : First post

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