In yet another incident reflecting the sorry state of affairs of health services in Uttar Pradesh, a man was made to wait for hours for an ambulance to transport his sick mother to another ward in the hospital with an oxygen cylinder on his shoulder in Agra, about 350 km from here.
The matter came to light when photographs, showing the man carrying an oxygen cylinder on his shoulder and a urine bag in his hand with his sick mother standing by his side, went viral on the social networking sites.
According to reports, Angoori Devi, a resident of Runakta in Agra district, was admitted to the emergency ward at the S N Medical College hospital on Thursday after complaining of breathlessness.
The doctors put her on oxygen and after preliminary treatment shifted her to another ward, which was around 500m from there, reports said.
The hospital authorities, however, did not provide an ambulance for shifting saying that it was engaged elsewhere.
The sick woman’s son waited for hours carrying the oxygen cylinder on his shoulder and the urine bag for the ambulance, reports said. Another photograph showed the sick woman sitting on the ground under the scorching sun with the cylinder lying by her side.
Reports said that Angoori Devi had to be again admitted to the emergency ward after her condition deteriorated.
Medical college authorities said that they had taken a serious view of the matter and would ensure punishment to the guilty after an inquiry.
Recently, doctors at a government hospital in Jhansi had used the amputated leg of an accident victim as a pillow.