In a heartbreaking incident, a 19-year-old migrant worker from Jharkhand called his family after being stranded in Ahmedabad for days without any food. Suffering from high fever and acute cough, the family found the teenager starving and even unable to speak properly, reported The Indian Express.
In the wake of the ongoing nationwide lockdown, many migrant workers have been stranded across the country with no means of food and money.
On Sunday, April 19, Parvez Ansari, had video-called his family in Ranchi from a migrant colony in Amraiwadi. Seeing his condition, his family reached out to the officials, who took the teenager to a hospital. According to the officials, he had tuberculosis and had suffered kidney failure.
In the video, Ansari said, "Meri haalat bahut kharab hai. Ghar pahuncha dijiye (My condition is extremely bad. Please send me home).
Ansari's family had asked him to make a video seeking help and send it to the family, who then sent it to Bhor Singh Yadav, the Officer on Special Duty to the Jharkhand Chief Secretary. Following this, the official notified the Ahmedabad Police.
"The boy appeared extremely feeble and malnourished and we sought the help of the Ahmedabad Police to rescue him. When a team arrived at his residence, they realised he had been sick for many days. His neighbours had offered him food, but he couldn't eat. He was taken to a hospital," Yadav told The Indian Express.
The Ahmedabad Police then admitted Ansari to Ahmedabad Civil Hospital where he tested negative for the coronavirus.
"He has TB and due to this, his symptoms are anorexia and weight loss," Medical Superintendent Dr J P Modi said. He added that since Ansari was alone, they were taking good care of him.
Ansari went to Ahmedabad one-and-a-half years ago and did odd jobs for a living. According to his brother Tauhid, when Ansari went home last, he was healthy. When he returned to Ahmedabad, he was unable to find work. While he wanted to come home because of his health issues, he could not leave because of the lockdown.Also Read: Chhattisgarh: 12-Yr-Old Girl Dies After Walking 100 Km, Just 11 Km Short Of Reaching Home