Medical facilities in India have always come at a premium and for most of the population, this aspect has been marked by utter neglect by authorities if not downright negligence and this continues to reflect the pathetic state under which patients are being treated even today. Adding to many horror tales before it, yet another shocking video has surfaced that shows a hapless woman trying to drag her ailing husband on the floor to another ward due to a shocking unavailability of stretchers.
The shocking state of affairs came to light via a video that quickly went viral on the social media. The incident happened last week and it showed the wife of the man, Fahmida, dragging her severely ill husband, Amir Saab, towards the X-ray room at the Megan Government Hospital in Karnataka’s Shimoga. The video generated tremendous public outrage on various social media platforms.
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According to the reports of NewsKarnataka.com, Aamir was admitted in the hospital nine days ago when he was suffering from a severe illness. The doctor suggested an X-ray after which Fahmida went looking for a wheelchair or a stretcher to ferry her husband to the room. Fahmida says the hospital staff allegedly demanded money to provide her with a stretcher. As she was not able to pay the money, the only option left with her was to drag her husband to the X-ray room.
Meanwhile, the hospital Director Dr Sushil Kumar, has ordered an internal inquiry into the incident within two days of the incident. KR Ramesh Kumar, the Health Minister, has also taken cognisance of this incidence. Kumar told reporters that the government is looking into the matter.
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Well, this is not the only incident of its kind that has come to light. There had been may before this one, reflecting the pitiful conditions of the patients in government-run hospitals. Previously, in November, in Guntakal city in Anantapur District a woman was forced to drag her ailing husband on the ramp of a government hospital after hospital staff was not able to provide her a stretcher. On May 21, after the hospital authorities refused to render ambulance service, a man was forced to carry the body of his dead wife on a stretcher.