Helpless during death
On one side there are tremendous facilities for the urban population wrt health care and on the other end there is barely any facilities for people to take care of their loved ones in case of an emergency and death. One heartbreaking incident occurred in Odisha, where a man walked 10 km with his wife’s body on his shoulder along with 12-year-old daughter by his side weeping. He had no vehicle to take home his wife’s body from a government hospital. His wife, died of tuberculosis at the hospital in Kalahandi on Tuesday night at a young age of 42.
Hospital washes its hands off
The hospital from where he took his wife’s body categorically informed they could not help with transport and hence they asked him to carry his wife’s body. When reached by the televsion crew Mr Majhi, the husband of the deceased wife said “I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle. I kept requesting them but they said they could not help,” Mr Majhi.
Walking with a wrapped body
Wrapping the body in a cloth, he walked for his village, along with his daughter. This is a place where medical help is not easy to get. Government’s scheme ‘Mahaparayana’ i.e offering to transport bodies from government hospitals free of charge. Under the scheme, 37 government hospitals were given vehicles to carry the dead.None of those were available when Mr Majhi desperately needed the service.
TV crew came and helped
It was the TV crew who had called up a senior officers and arranged an ambulance for the remaining journey to Mr Majhi’s village. Kalikesh Singh Deo, a Member of Parliament of the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal and Kalahandi’s District Collector Brunda have expressed their shock over the incident and have ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.