Even a district collector has to struggle to get basic medical facilities in his own district in Madhya Pradesh.
Collector of Damoh district Srinivas Sharma couldn’t get basic medical facilities for treatment of his mother Shanti Devi Sharma ,78, in Damoh district hospital on Friday. Later, his mother died at a hospital in Jabalpur, said the health department sources.
Shanti Devi was rushed to the district hospital at Damot town after she complained of chest pain. When she reached the hospital about 10.15 am there was no doctor on duty. It was after several calls that the doctor concerned turned up after about 10-15 minutes. However, the ventilator at the hospital was not found in a working order. Hence, the doctor advised the collector to take his mother to Jabalpur.
However, when a 108 ambulance with a ventilator in it was called the ventilator in the ambulance too was found not working. Later, an ambulance from Sagar was called in which Shanti Devi was rushed to Jabalpur between 1.30 and 2.00 pm.
The distance between Damoh and Sagar is 78 kilometers and between Damoh and Jabalpur 106km.
She died at the hospital in Jabalpur and the cremation took place in Shahdol, the hometown of the collector on Saturday.
None of the hospital staff was available for comments. However, when contacted the collector Srinivas Sharma admitted that there was delay in treatment at the district hospital and the ventilator was not working.