In another shocking news, that puts the spotlight on Odisha’s decrepit healthcare services, a man walked 10 km carrying the dead body of his wife, with his 12-year old daughter by his side. The man, Dana Majhi was not provided with a vehicle by the hospital authorities in Bhawanipatna, in the district of Kalahandi, where Amang Dei, his wife was being treated for Tuberculosis. Despite repeated pleas to the authorities, he was told that the hospital doesn’t have any vehicles for his service. Majhi then wrapped the body of his wife in a piece of cloth and carried it for nearly 10-12 km towards his village, which was 60 km away from the hospital.
Nobody came to the help of this poor man, even though a lot of passersby watched in shock. The man had walked 10-12 km, by the time a local news channel spotted him and called up the collector and other local authorities to arrange a mortuary van for rest of the way. In the poorest district of one of the poorest state in India, medical help isn’t easy to come by. Although the government had launched the ‘Mahaparayana’ scheme in February, earlier this year, which helps in the transporting of bodies from government hospitals free of charge. Under this scheme, 37 government hospitals have been provided with vehicles to carry the dead. But none of these services were available for Majhi.
On being questioned by the reporters about the incident, the Brunda D, the collector of Kalahandi, said that the family would receive a help of Rs 2000 under the Harishchandra Yojana and Rs 10,000 from the Red Cross fund. He expressed his grief and said that an ambulance was arranged as soon as he received the news . Meanwhile, Member of Parliament of the ruling BJD informed via twitter that he had asked the local minister to verify the incident and take necessary actions.