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An impoverished man in India carried his wife's body for 12km after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide an ambulance to carry the body back to their village.

Shameless Senior medical officer B Bramha Said The woman was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and died the same night. Her husband took away her body without informing any hospital staff.

Mr Majhi, however, alleged that his wife died on Tuesday night and that he began walking with her body on Wednesday after the hospital staff kept asking him to remove the body.

"I kept pleading with the hospital staff to provide a vehicle to carry my wife's body, but to no avail. Since I am a poor man and could not hire a private vehicle, I had no choice but to carry her body on my shoulder," he said.

The district collector for Kalahandi (where Bhawanipatna town is located) Brunda D said she arranged a vehicle to transport Amang's body as soon as she came to know about it.

"I have asked the local officials to provide 2,000 rupees ($30; £22) to the family under the Harischandra Yojana [a government scheme which entitles poor people the amount to cremate a family member]. Besides, the family would also get 10,000 rupees from the Red Cross," she said.

In February, the state government had announced a scheme to ensure that a mortuary vehicle was available to carry the bodies of the poor from the hospital to their homes.

But in a telling commentary on the state of the health care services in Orissa, at least half a dozen cases of bodies being transported on bicycles, trolley rickshaws and even wooden cots have been reported from remote areas in the past few months.

After reports of Mr Majhi's ordeal emerged, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik formally launched the scheme on Thursday.

This should be an eye opener for the government. Forget about a remote place like Kalahandi,basic healthcare and medical facilities need to be provided in some of the small towns and villages of our country.

I am moved by the apathy of government organisations to the poor. This shows us the grim reality of how the GDP numbers are so hollow and meaningless. Can't be proud of any progress made by our country till the poorest of my poorest fellow human being gets the basic necessities of life.

Posted by: Vamsi      Date: 2016-08-26

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