Three persons of a family drowned in a pond in Bijulia locality of Ramgarh district on Sunday. But what was perhaps more painful for the grief-stricken family was the 60km journey they had to undertake to ferry the bodies to neighbouring Hazaribagh district for post-mortem.
Ramgarh, which earlier was a part of Hazaribagh as a subdivision, was upgraded as a district in 2007. But its sadar hospital, operating from a small building near subdivisional office, still doesn’t have the facility to conduct autopsy.
As a result, all residents and doctors in the district have to depend on Hazaribagh for post-mortem in the event of any death. On an average, two to three cases are sent to Hazaribagh from Ramgarh for post-mortem everyday.
“Ek to maut ka gam aur phir post-mortem ka jhanjhat. Yeh jis par bitta hai wahi samajh sakta hai (As it is, everyone was saddened by the deaths. On top of that, the hassles of post-mortem. People who go through the trouble can only realise it). District officials should take immediate steps to start the post-mortem wing at the sadar hospital here,” said Vijay Kant, a member of the Bijulia family, who had taken the bodied to Hazaribagh on Sunday.
Other residents said that the district collectorate complex that is coming up at Chhatarmandu, around 8km from the Ramgarh district headquarters, was to have everything starting from court and jail to residential quarters and a new sadar hospital. The complete structure is ready, except the hospital block.
A district official agreed. “The deadline to hand over the complex to the district administration is June 15. But it’s true that the hospital building needs time to be completed. But once ready, the new sadar hospital will boast a post-mortem house,” the official added.
Civil surgeon of Ramgarh P.K. Pandey said: “All I can say is that work is progressing on a war footing to complete the new sadar hospital. Once it is inaugurated, autopsy will be done here only.”