While one section of the society can access the latest and best of the technology for their medical needs, another section does not even have a vehicle to carry the sick.
Healthcare is the right of every person, but due to the dearth of medical functionaries, the facilities reach only 60% of the population.
The people in Betul district, Madhya Pradesh are among the 40% people who don’t have easy access to medical facilities. They don’t have ambulances. They use cots and beds to carry patients to the hospital.
An incident from the village recently came to light highlighting the plight of the people. 78-year-old Vimla Bai had a severe headache and was bleeding from her nostrils. Since an ambulance could not reach them, her family members carried her to the hospital on a ‘khatiya’ or cot till the bus stand. From there they went to Multai Primary Healthcare Centre. She is currently under the supervision of the doctors.
The people in Salaidhana village in Betul district have never seen an ambulance. This situation is not new in Madhya Pradesh.
There have been two major cases in the same district. A helpless father had to carry his 12-year-old son Neelesh on his shoulders to the hospital for more than 6 km as he had no funds to arrange for an ambulance.
Neelesh fell from the tree and fractured his leg, and his father Pandaram had to carry him to the hospital in Ather tehsil from where he was referred to the Betul district hospital.
Pandaram informed Hindustan Times that he has been taking his son to the area hospital for more than six months and the hospital has refused to treat him saying that he should take his son to a private hospital.
Pandaram has no money to hire an autorickshaw as he has spent more than Rs 1 lakh on his son’s treatment. He walks several kilometres daily with his son on his shoulders.
Dr Ashok Bainaga, Civil Surgeon of Betul District Hospital, told Hindustan Times that Pandaram’s son needs proper treatment that cannot be provided in the district hospital. They are trying to help him receive aid from Mukhyamantru Sahayata Kosh.
Four infants died in less than 48 hours in Betul’s government hospital. The family members alleged medical negligence. The hospital has confirmed only three deaths and no probe had been ordered yet, as reported by The Hindustan Times.