Odisha man carries dead daughter on shoulder after hospital denies ambulance - Another walk, another shame (video)
A man in Pallahara of Angul district in Odisha carried his dead daughter home on his shoulder after a hospital refused him ambulance.
After a similar plight of a tribal man Daana Majhi had made international headlines, Odisha government had fast-tracked a scheme, Mahaprayan Yojana, to help poor people take home their dead from hospitals with dignity.
But Gati Dhibar of Pechamundi village found that the scheme had remained just on paper.
Gati Dhibar’s seven-year-old daughter, who had been suffering from fever had been admitted to a government hospital in Pallahara on Tuesday.
Though she received treatment at the hospital she passed away. Odisha TV reports that Gati Dhibar sought help from hospital authorities to transport her body to his village, which was 15 kms away. After he was refused, Gati Dhibar was forced to carry the girl on his shoulders along with his wife when the unfortunate couple were spotted by media reporters.
Pallahara Sub-Divisional Medical Officer (SDMO), PC Mohanty told Odisha TV that he had heard of Mahaprayan Yojana only in newspapers and that there had been no directions from the government on it.
But The New Indian Express reports that Collector Anil Kumar Samal had ordered an inquiry by Sub-Collector Tapan Kumar Satpathy into the incident.
Acting on the report, he has sought an explanation from SDMO Dr PC Mohanty and suspended Junior Hospital Manager, Ritanjali Swain and dismissed security guard Nirakar Nayak from his service.
The Express reported that it was Sima’s uncle Rathi who was seen carrying her as her father was away from home.
The district administration has released Rs 2,000 to the family under Harishchandra Yojana and Rs 10,000 from district Red Cross Fund on the Collector’s direction.