BHUBANESWAR: In a shocking incident that turns the spotlight on poor healthcare service, a man had to carry the body of his wife from the District Headquarters Hospital in Bhawanipatna to his village on his shoulders in the absence of ambulance service.
The incident took place when Agang Majhi, wife of Danu Majhi of Melghara village in Thuamul Rampur block, 60 km from here, was admitted in Bhawanipatna DHH two days ago suffering from tuberculosis. She, however, died late on Tuesday.
Agang’s husband was not able to get an ambulance till this morning to take her body to his village. In sheer desperation, he wrapped the body of his wife in a cloth, placed it on his shoulders and walked towards his village.
After carrying the body for about 10 km, some people took pity on him and informed the district administration. An ambulance was sent from Bhawanipatna to take the body to his village.
Chief District Medical Officer B Brahma said the woman was admitted in the hospital on Tuesday and died the same night. However, Danu took the body from the hospital without informing the authorities concerned, he said.
When some locals informed the CDMO about it, he sent an ambulance to carry the body to Melghara village. By that time, Danu had already covered a distance of 10 km carrying the body on his shoulder. Danu was accompanied by his 12-year-old daughter.