Tribals in Kalahandi district of Odisha had to carry the body of their relative, who died during treatment at an NGO-run hospital, in a sling made of cloth after authorities denied to provide a van.
Nigidi Majhi, who was admitted to the hospital on Monday, died after a brief bout of fever.
The family claimed that they asked the NGO officials for a van, but the medical officers told them that they do not have a van service on Mondays.
The family made a video of the entire episode on mobile phone.
“A private organisation had taken in that patient at 9 am but he died by 1:45 pm. They searched for a vehicle to carry the body back to their village but did not get one. In our hospital we have a hearse van for Junagarh, Kalampur and Thuamul Rampur,” medical officer Dr Avinash, at a government hospital, told ANI.
The family was denied the van despite the state government’s Mahaprayana scheme that offers free service of transportation of dead bodies from hospitals.
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