Ranchi, June 28: In a shocking incident of medical apathy, a four-month-old pregnant woman on Wednesday was brought to Chandwa Community Health Centre on a motorbike allegedly due to unavailability of an ambulance. The 30-year-old Shanti Devi was in an unconscious condition and was profusely bleeding when she was taken to the health centre by his family members. Muzaffarnagar Medical Apathy: Woman Left Locked in Govt Hospital Ward, Quenches Daughter's Thirst With Toilet Water.
The woman had to travel for 10 km on the bike, reported Hindustan Times. The medical staff at the health centre referred her to the Latehar Sadar hospital. However, this time she was provided with an ambulance. Adding to her ordeal, doctors there again referred her to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi. She was finally admitted to the RIMS. Medical Apathy: 60-Year-Old Patient Declared Dead by Doctors of Delhi Ganga Ram Hospital, Found Alive While Being Taken for Last Rites.
Shanti Devi’s husband Kamal Ganjhu told Hindustan Times, “We tried to arrange for an ambulance to bring her to Chandwa CHC, but the latter did not provide us the same. We also called the 108 helpline number, but in vain. Finally, we had no option but to carry her on a bike, as her condition was deteriorating.” Kerala Medical Apathy: 7-Year-Old Goes For Nasal Surgery, Gets Operated for Hernia Instead After Doctor Confuses Him With Another Patient.
Meanwhile, S Sharma, Civil Surgeon, Latehar District said that if the family of the patient had called for an ambulance then they should have waited for it. He stated, “They had asked for an ambulance but didn't wait for it to reach them, brought the woman to the hospital on a motorbike. If you've called for an ambulance then you should wait for it.” The family belongs to Chatuag village in Chandwa block in Latehar district.