Jharkhand: Bleeding pregnant woman denied ambulance; carried on bike to hospital 10km away
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Jharkhand: Bleeding pregnant woman denied ambulance; carried on bike to hospital 10km away

A shocking case of medical negligence has come to light from Jharkhand where a bleeding and unconscious woman was taken to hospital on a bike by her family, as she was denied an ambulance.

Family members of a 30-year-old woman Shanti Devi rushed her to the nearest hospital on a motorcycle after the medical institution failed to provide them an ambulance. Visuals of an unconscious woman being driven to the Chandwa community health centre (CHC) on a motorcycle by her husband are being widely circulated on social media.

Going by the reports, Shanti Devi’s ordeals did not end with her being denied an ambulance, as the CHC referred her to the Latehar Sadar hospital. This time, she was provided with an ambulance to cover another 27 kilometres, as the doctors there again referred her to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, where she was finally admitted.

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The woman’s husband, Kamal Ganjhu, said the family had tried to arrange an ambulance to the Chandwa community health centre, which is about 10 km from their home, but the health centre did not provide one. “We also called the 108 helpline number, but in vain,” he said. “Finally, we had no option but to carry her on a bike, as her condition was deteriorating.”

Responding to the situation, civil surgeon of Latehar, SP Sharma told Hindustan Times that the Latehar CHC has only one ambulance and a single 108 apart from a Mamta Vahan for pregnant women. Shanti did not get any ambulance despite the facilities and this is not acceptable, added Sharma who has ordered a probe into the matter.

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