September 4th, 2017
Traffic came to a halt for nearly 30 minutes on Sunday morning, September 3 to allow the ambulance that was carrying a critically ill 6-month-old boy to Delhi. The green corridor was set up along a 45-km stretch from Pratiksha Hospital on VIP Road to the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI) in Guwahati.
As reported by Hindustan Times, the boy named Snigdharaag Bhuyan, who hails from Biswanath Chariali in upper Assam, was flown by air ambulance for treatment at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi to seek better care. He is suffering from a rare infection in the lung and spinal cord and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Guwahati hospital and put on ventilation 15 days ago.
“Since it was a genuine case that needed our intervention, we had appealed to the public to cooperate. It was a relief to see people responding well and allowing the child to get airlifted within minutes of leaving the hospital,” said Guwahati police commissioner, Hiren Chandra Nath.
The air ambulance left Guwahati airport at 11:50 am and had to reach Delhi airport within four hours.
Snigdharaag’s mother said, “We are thankful to the public, police and the media for helping us in this crucial time. I hope such steps are taken for others as well when needed.”
Nath also said that a green corridor is being set up in Delhi as well so that the ill-infant can be shifted from airport to the hospital conveniently.
An eight-day-old infant was also flown to Delhi for emergency treatment, and a similar green corridor was set up in the national capital at Prime Minister’s intervention in the month of March this year.
Nath discerned that such step would help in sensitising the public on the need to make way for ambulances and emergency services because every second or minute is crucial during an emergency.
As reported by The New Indian Express, the Assam chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the state government would bear the expenses of the ill boy’s treatment. The resident commissioner of Assam Bhawan in New Delhi was directed by the office of the Chief Minister to provide the necessary assistance to his family.
The Logical Indian community applauds the move of Guwahati traffic police and appreciates the cooperation that people showed. The move showed us that we must not lose faith in humanity.