In yet another shocking incident, a family of Odisha was forced to carry the dead body of their relative in a cloth sling after being denied a hearse van by the authorities of an NGO run hospital.
There is nothing more tragic than being stuck in a helpless situation and witnessing the death of your loved ones. Unfortunately, a family of Odisha had to go through this ordeal. ‘Nigidi Majhi’ in a feverish condition was admitted to an NGO run hospital in Gunupur village, Kalahandi on Monday where he died soon after. The relatives then asked the officials to provide for a hearse van to carry the body but were denied citing unavailability of these vehicles on Monday.
As per ANI, The medical officer of Thuamal Rampur Government Hospital in Kalahandi confirmed the incident.”A private organization had taken in that patient at 9 AM but he died by 1:45 PM.
The relatives failed to get transport and were left with no option but to carry the body in a cloth slingback to their village.
This is not the only case in the region. There have been similar cases in the past which caused a huge uproar nationwide, following which the Odisha government was forced to implement ‘Mahapranaya Scheme’ which aimed at assisting poor families to carry the dead bodies of their family members to their villages. The scheme has been disguised as free whereas it falls under ‘use and pay’.
It is heart-wrenching to know that those who need the most assistance are the ones who are receiving it the least.