Humanity once again stooped down recently in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh where the mother of a burn victim was asked by the staff of 'Samajwadi Ambulance' to wash the blood stains from the vehicle even before she could admit her injured son to the hospital.
This incident has clearly highlighted the mismanagement in the functioning of Akhilesh Yadav government’s ambitious project ‘Samajwadi Ambulance’ in the state.
Ali Hasan (25), son of Sharafat Ali at Bibipur village in Chhajlet of Moradabad district, suffered critical injuries when a fire broke out at his house on Friday evening, reported Amarujala.
Ali had suffered 80 per cent burns and was rushed to Sadar hospital by the ‘Samajwadi Ambulance’.
The situation worsened when, upon arrival at the hospital, the driver of the ‘Samajwadi Ambulance’ asked the burn victim’s mother to clean the vehicle and blood-stained stretcher.
The women was forced by the driver of the ambulance to leave her son and wash the vehicle even before the doctors could attend him.
Dr Vir Singh, who was on duty, said an inquiry will be ordered into the matter to fix accountability. He condemned the incident and told that the operational and maintenance costs of the Samajwadi Ambulance are given by the government.
"I will raise this issue before the CMO and will seek immediate removal of such staff”, he added.
Meanwhile, villagers alleged that this is not the first time when driver of the ‘Samajwadi Ambulance’ has forced the caretaker of a patient to clean the stretcher and the vehicle.
The ‘Samajwadi Ambulance’ is a free-of-cost round-the-clock emergency ambulance service. Upon receiving a call on toll-free number 108, the ambulance will reach the patient within 20 minutes and will provide medical aid before being shifted to a hospital.