Patna, Oct 18: As a 9-year-old girl lost her life at Patna AIIMS while her poor father completed the formalities for her treatment and a staff posted at the counter refused to help him, the opposition party RJD on Wednesday demanded a probe into the matter.
Raushan Kumari, who was suffering from high fever for last six days, died near the Outdoor Patient Department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Tuesday.
Her father Rambalak and his wife, residents of Kajra village in Lakhisarai district, brought her to AIIMS, following which an official directed him to get a registration card from the OPD counter.
As a daily wager, Rabalak stood in the queue at the counter, his wife told him the girl’s condition had deteriorated. He pleaded with people standing in a long queue to allow him to complete the form but no one helped him.
By the time Rambalak left the counter after getting the registration done, his daughter had died.
Not only this, to add to his agony, the distraught man was allegedly not even provided an ambulance by AIIMS officials to ferry the body to his village.
Due to lack of money, Rambalak carried his daughter’s body on his shoulder for nearly four km to an auto-rickshaw stand at Phulwari Sharif in Patna.
AIIMS Director Dr Prabhat Kumar Singh said he had no information that a critical patient had died due to lack of treatment. He also informed that doctors treat critical patients without the registration adding, I will inquire into this case if it has happened.
Interestingly, Patna AIIMS does not have an Emergency Ward.
Meanwhile, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad flayed the Nitish Kumar government for its “apathy towards the under privileged people ” which, he claimed, led to the girl’s death, and sought a high-level probe.
“Everything has collapsed in Bihar, including law and order, education, and health. The latest incident of the girl’s death at Patna AIIMS vindicates our stand. There is no facility for the poor for treatment — they have been left to die, as happened in this case”, Yadav added.
Launching a potshots at Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey, who last week reportedly suggested that patients from Bihar should be treated at Patna’s AIIMS and not in AIIMS at Delhi.
RJD Chief stated “Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi have no time for genuine health issues. Both are busy showing their faces in the media, more or less on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
“Girls are dying for want of ‘bhat'(rice) in Jharkhand and lack of treatment in Bihar,” the RJD chief asserted while referring to the death of 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari in Simdega district in neighbouring Jharkhand because of starvation.