The son of a tribal woman had to carry her body in a trolley-rickshaw to their village Ankula, located four kilometers away from Jajpur on Saturday after she died at the Jajpur District Hospital.
Pana Tirika, a 65-year-old woman was admitted to the Jajpur District Hospital a few days back after she complained of a stomach pain. As her condition turned critical, doctors referred her to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, but she died before that.
According to reports, no ambulance was available at the Jajpur hospital to take the body due to Vishwakarma puja and some vehicles near the hospital reportedly demanded an exorbitant amount of money from the family to carry the body.
The woman’s son, Guna Tirika, then got a trolley rickshaw on which he placed her body and cycled to his village.
Odisha: Kin of a tribal woman,who died at Jajpur distt hosp, forced to take her body in trolley-rickshaw due to lack of transport facilities pic.twitter.com/RuRhvKDwr6— ANI (@ANI_news) September 20, 2016
“No transport facility was available, private services asked for Rs 12,000, so there was no option but take the body in a trolley-rickshaw to the village,” said Pana’s relative.
The assistant divisional medical officer (ADMO) of Jajpur, Shibashis Maharana, said that no one had asked for a transport facility.
The state government launched a free hearse van service called Mahaprayana last months to provide vehicles to the poor to carry the dead bodies of their dear ones free of cost.