Ambulance strike: Patients bear the brunt
Updated: Jun 25, 2014 15:28 IST
Patients especially those requiring emergency medical attention had to face several hardships in reaching hospitals
Mohit, 14, a resident of Paota was playing cricket on Tuesday morning along with his friends. While trying to pick up the ball, he accidentally touched an electricity pole and suffered electric shock. He suffered burn injuries on his chest, hands and legs.
“I called 108-ambulance service but they refused to send any ambulance due to the ongoing strike. I rushed my nephew to Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital in a private vehicle,” said Madan, uncle of Mohit at SMS hospital.
Like Mohit, many other people especially those who had emergency medical problems had to face several hardships in reaching the hospital on Tuesday as the 108-ambulance service went off the roads on Monday after ambulance service workers’ union (Aapatkaleen Seva Karamchari Ekta Union) went on an indefinite strike.
The workers are demanding that the contractual system should be ended and their services be regularised.
The 108-ambulance service is a state government-run scheme to provide immediate medical attention to people.
Similarly, Gopal resident of Renwal, near Jaipur said, his father Shyam Sunder while travelling in a bus felt unconscious and fell from the moving bus. He called 108-ambulance and even waited for an hour, but did not get any response. He was rushed to SMS hospital in a private vehicle.
Attendant of 12-year old boy Sumer, resident of Todaraisingh in Tonk district said, “The boy fell down while riding bicycle and suffered injuries in intestine. He was taken to the government hospital, but was referred to SMS hospital. I brought him in a private vehicle as 108-ambulance service remains paralyzed due to strike.”
At SMS hospital, many patients were seen being ferried in private vehicles, as people after reading the news of strike of 108-ambulances did not waste time calling them and preferred to make their own arrangements.