“Last Wednesday morning, my wife Prathibha had severe pain in her lower abdomen and we went to a renowned hospital where we were directed to the general surgeon. The usual drill followed where she was subjected to blood and urine test and ultrasound (Rs. 4,500). The doctors informed us that they found some fluid in her abdomen and took her for CT scan (Rs. 8,000). It was evening by now and the doctors got back saying the same that some fluid was found in her upper abdomen and it was causing infection leading to pain, and they also found pelvic inflammation that needed to be further investigated. They said a laparoscopic surgery was needed to remove the fluid as medicines would not help and that sample to be send to lab for further diagnosis. The insurance guy steps in with estimates of Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 90,000 depending on the room we choose.
Finally, on advice from our parents, we decided to take a second opinion though the doctors at the hospital kept persuading us to go ahead with the surgery which they planned to do first thing the next morning, stating that they knew better and things would aggravate if delayed. However after further consideration, we decided to take a second opinion and visited a gynecologist the next day. It turned out that it was nothing serious and the fluid they kept referring to was blood clots that is formed in some cases post ovulation, and it heals on its own without any medication. Prathibha is doing fine now.
I would have left the whole incident behind happy that nothing was serious until I learned later that there was no need to schedule a surgery in such haste when she had no fever and the pain in fact went down rather than aggravating as the day progressed, which suggests that they should have observed a bit further and be 100% sure before taking such decisions. It seems the intention was just to make money out of our ignorance and the fact that we work in IT sector with healthy salaries and medical insurances. It makes me wonder if these doctors have targets to meet and practicing medicine is just business. Every time I think of it, the fact that these doctors (don’t intend to generalize) wouldn’t mind cutting someone open to make some money fills me with rage and I wish there are authorities to look into such cases and take necessary action as it is someone else’s life at stake. “
The Logical Indian requests our community members to always take 2nd opinion or if the case is really worrying then more opinions, it is very important to take second and third opinion where cutting of our body is the option. We want to emphasise that the intention of the post is not to malign doctors, we just want to make our community members aware of malpractices few of the doctors do.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.