BMO denies ambulance for money; 4-day-old boy dies

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Apr 8: A newly born baby died yesterday when Parents and Family members of the baby hailing from Kund in Mahore area failed to pay Rs 8500/-  to Ambulance. They alleged that the Block Medical Officer (BMO) Mahore denied them the ambulance service which finally led to the death of their new-born.

22-year-old Saleema, wife of Shokat Ali, developed labor pain and started bleeding on April 2 following which she was shifted to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Mahore for treatment.

Doctors at PHC Mahore referred his wife to SMGS Hospital Jammu Reasi but the concerned BMO did not agree to providing ambulance service, alleged Shokat Ali.

Ali further said that the BMO demanded Rs 8500 from them for ambulance service.

Ali is working as labourer in Bakshi Nagar area adding that he was poor and hired service of a sumo for Rs 6500 and reached SMGS hospital at 2.30 am.

He further alleged that same night his wife delivered a male baby. The doctors treating her kept the new born in NICU Ward as the baby developed some complications.

Later, after four days the baby died due to some complications, he lamented while adding, had the BMO Mahore provided ambulance to them in time, the child would have been saved.

“This is not a single case when ambulance was denied to a needy patient”, said Ali.

He also alleged that there is a specific medical shop outside the hospital who had developed a nexus with hospital authorities and the poor attendants of patients are forced to purchase medicine from the said shop.

When a local Daily contacted BMO Mahore Ashraf Kohli he stated that there are two ambulances in the hospital so he failed to provide them ambulance because that day there was only one Driver available.

Director Health Services DR BS Pathania when contacted rejected the claims of the BMO instantly and said if any driver goes on leave then the concerned BMO and CMO, they have to arrange driver as they have been authorized to do so.


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