In another incident of apathy by a state-run hospital, a 40-year old injured man had to be carried 14 kilometres on cot. The hospital’s refusal to provide an ambulance to the needy throws light on the inconsideration of the administration towards the marginalised.

A few months ago, the incident of Dina Majhi, who had to carry his wife’s corpse on his shoulder, made national headlines and since then, many incidents have come to light from the eastern part of India.

The latest incident was reported from Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada where the Tribals of Lava village cannot avail some of the basic facilities. If a person is hurt or injured in this part of Chhattisgarh, the villagers carry the injured on a cot to NMDC’s Pariyojna Hospital, which is at a distance of 14 kilometres from the village.

The victim’s brother was quoted saying, “There is no facility in the village. Neither can an ambulance reach here nor any bus. Even when NMDC assured us an ambulance, there was no sign of it reaching there. Therefore, we had to carry him on a cot. Only promises are made, but never fulfilled.”

As per reports, in the name of facility, the NMDC has arranged for a shuttle bus which travels once a day from Kirundul and stops 5 kilometres before the destination due to no road connectivity.