Kannauj, May 4: In yet another case of medical apathy in Uttar Pradesha man in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh was forced to carry his ill wife on a ‘thela’ to a hospital that was 9 km away after ambulance allegedly refused to come to their village. “We contacted 108 emergency ambulance services but they refused to come. We had no other option but to bring her here in a ‘thela’,” relatives told ANI. 

A doctor said that she was brought to the hospital after she had developed some complications. “It would have been better had she been given an ambulance,” the doctor told ANI.

Earlier on March 13, a similar incident was reported where a 36-year-old man from Agra was forced to carry his wife’s body in a handcart. The man Kanhaiyalal was also denied an ambulance service by the Mainpuri district hospital. He wrapped his wife’s body in sheets and carried it for 5 km in a handcart, for conducting her last rites.

“She was declared brought dead by doctors at the district hospital. I asked them for a hearse van to ferry the body home but was denied by the hospital authorities. I had no choice but to cart the body in the same way that I had taken her to the facility. She would have been alive if medical aid was provided to her in time,” Kanhaiyalal had informed a leading daily.