Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 23: Authorities at Jammu's Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) on Wednesday refused to provide ambulance to carry a dead body to its native place.
According to sources, the deceased, Narinder Singh, a resident of Ramnagar, was among the victims of the fire incident that took place on I-Day at Gummat area of Jammu city.
Narinder passed away on Tuesday evening, sources told Early Times, adding that his dead body was handed over to his family members after autopsy on Wednesday morning.
"The family remain stranded with the body for three hours, waiting for an ambulance to take it home. Even after repeated requests were made by the family members for an ambulance, the doctors on duty appeared unmoved," sources said.
They said the GMCH has three ambulances, and all of them were not available in the hospital till 11:00 am on Wednesday.
"Due to the shortage of ambulance in the hospital, the father of the deceased man had to wait for several hours to avail transportation facility to carry his son's body", sources said.
Finally, the family members approached the Casualty Medical Officer, who however also denied an ambulance. "No, we are helpless, we don't have ambulance available here", the CMO wrote on application, asking them to hire a private vehicle.
When contacted, the CMO, Emergency Dr. Saqeeb said there was not a single ambulance available at that time. "That's why the family was asked to hire a private vehicle", he added.
It is pertinent similar incidents in Odisha and Bihar have caught the attention of the public in the recent past, where people in absence of ambulance carried body of their kin on the shoulders.