Ambikapur: On Friday, a video showing a father carrying his seven-year-old daughter’s body on his shoulders to reach home in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja district went viral on social media, prompting health minister TS Singh Deo to order a probe.
According to sources, the girl died on Friday morning at the Community Health Centre at Lakhanpur village in the district, and her father took the body away before a hearse (car used for carrying dead bodies) arrived.
In the video, the man can be seen carrying the body on his shoulders. He covered a distance of around 10 km on foot to reach home in Amdala.
Surguja: Chhattisgarh Health Min TS Singh Deo orders probe after video of a man carrying body of his daughter on his shoulders went viral
Concerned health official from Lakhanpur should have made the father understand to wait for hearse instead of letting him go, Deo said(25.3) pic.twitter.com/aN5li1PsCm
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Ishwar Das, a native of Amdala village, had brought his ailing daughter Surekha to Lakhanpur CHC early in the morning. The girl’s oxygen level was very low, around 60. According to her parents, she was suffering from a high fever for the last few days.
Dr Vinod Bhargav, Rural Medical Assistant (RMA) posted at the Lakhanpur Community Health Centre, was informed about the health condition of the girl from Amdala village. He said that her oxygen level was extremely low. Bhargav added that they provided the necessary treatment for her, but her condition deteriorated.
“We told the family members that a hearse will arrive soon. It came around 9:20 a.m. but by then they had left with the body.”
Health Minister ordered an inquiry
After the video was shared widely on social media, Health Minister TS Singh Deo, who was in Ambikapur – the district’s headquarters – on Friday, asked the district’s Chief Medical and Health Officer to probe the matter and take necessary action.
“I saw the video. It was disturbing. I have told the CMHO to take appropriate action after getting the matter probed. I have told him that those who are posted there but are not able to discharge their duties should be removed,” the minister told reporters.
इम चित्रों में दिखने वाले दृश्य दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण हैं और संभव उवचार देने के बाद इस बच्ची का देहांत बहुत दुःखद है। शव वाहन के लिए खबर कर के उसे चिकित्सालय बुला भी लिया गया था। मगर इस बीच मे शोकसंतप्त परिवार ने विचलित अवस्था में स्वयं शव को ले जाने का निर्णय ले लिया। (1/2) https://t.co/XkLhnSUDdt
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Mr Singh Deo represents Ambikapur assembly constituency in the state Assembly.
The health personnel who were on duty should have persuaded the family to wait for the vehicle. They should have ensured such things did not happen,” the minister added.
“The employees present in the health department should have informed the family about the situation through proper communication and showed condolences. Action will be taken against the guilty found in this case and those who are unable to perform their duty properly will be replaced by others,” T S Singh Deo tweeted.