Despite Odisha Govt’s Much-Hyped “Mahaparayan”
11 days ago
Jajpur: Despite Dana Majhi’s shocking “shame of walk” and several other such appalling incidents keep on happening amid Odisha Government’s much-touted “Mahaparayan” scheme for free hearse van facility from health centre to the deceased’s nativity, yet another distressing incident resurfaced in the mineral-rich district here.
The same “shame of walk” has taken place from Madhuban Community Health Centre (CHC) under Rasulpur block in the district here. As no hearse van was available in the CHC, the bereft son ferried his dead mother’s body on shoulder to his native village for last rites.
Kalia Munda of Bantara village under Gandhana Gram Panchayat (GP) had admitted his ailing mother Maina to the CHC. Following deterioration of her health, she succumbed to her undergoing medical treatment.
It has been alleged that the CHC authorities did not care for the transportation of the body from the hospital to the deceased’s village despite the State Government’s “Mahaparayan” scheme launched last year by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik the very next day Dana Majhi’s awe-inspiring issue hogged headlines and the unfortunate video went viral worldwide.
Deceased Maina’s daughter-in-law Shanti grieved, “She was admitted to the Madhuban hospital. She breathed her last while the saline was on. The doctor advised us to take her back home informing that no vehicle was willing to transport the body.”
Dr Deepak Sahu, In-Charge, Madhuban CHC defended, “No step has been taken at the district level to aware the people here in this regard. I had immediately phoned the CDMO. One is Harischandra Yojana and under it there is a vehicle in the district. If the concerned driver is called over phone, he prefers nearby areas to transport dead body. It could have been possible. At the worst case, we can hire a vehicle as per the norms.”
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