Child dies on way to hospital in Bihar

A two-year-old girl suffering from diarrhoea died in Bihar on Monday when it took her father five hours, instead of the usual one hour, to get her to hospital during the Bharat bandh.

By Dev Raj in Patna
  • Published 11.09.18
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Patna: A two-year-old girl suffering from diarrhoea died in Bihar on Monday when it took her father five hours, instead of the usual one hour, to get her to hospital during the Bharat bandh.

The child, Gauri, was a resident of Balabigha village in Gaya district close to the border with Jehanabad district. The village is around 25km from Jehanabad town.

"We set out at around 7am to get her treated but not a single vehicle was on the roads," Gauri's father Pramod Manjhi said. "Had we got even a motorcycle, we would have reached the hospital in no time. We were late because of the bandh."

The father walked for around five hours with his daughter in his arms. He finally managed to get an auto-rickshaw at Paibigha village, around 6km from Jehanabad town.

"We reached Jehanabad sadar hospital where some doctor or compounder declared her dead. Although nobody stopped us en route to the hospital after we showed that it was an emergency case, my child could have been saved had there been no bandh. It takes just an hour for us to reach Jehanabad from our village if buses are plying," Pramod said.

Jehanabad district magistrate Alok Ranjan Ghosh said: "The child was suffering from diarrhoea since Sunday evening. The movement of vehicles had already thinned because of the bandh when her father decided to take her to hospital. This is an unfortunate incident. Although not directly linked to the bandh, indirectly it is. The family of the deceased also delayed in providing her medical treatment."