Many a time, I had accompanied our workers to hospital in case of accidents. The government hospital in many cases simply say that there is no chance of survival. When I insist that my company (employer) is ready to go for any expenditure for the workers (even labourers) as a matter of policy, they suggest taking them to private hospitals. All good private hospitals like Kalinga, Apollo, Ayush etc are at Bhubaneswar. Thus while transporting the victim, they generally die on the way or sometimes die waiting for ICU beds!
On a further enquiry, I came to know (though unconfirmed) that generally couple of seats in ICU of every hospital is intentionally kept reserved for VIP’s emergency service. As a rule they can’t admit any patient despite the seriousness of the patient against the reserved seats.
Sometimes if a patient has reference of ministers or any other influential person, then he may get a chance. That’s why my colleague was busy in searching connection of any VIP, which he couldn’t get unfortunately.
Point is, constitution guarantees our right to life! But if there is no proper health care infrastructure, how this right to life can be guaranteed? All political parties are busy in distributing freebies for electoral dividend and sometimes talk’s about improvement of health care as lip-service.
They will provide you food and other commodities at a highly subsidised rate, but if you become sick or get injured in an accident, you are destined to die irrespective of the fact whether you have money or not, because health care infrastructures are in-adequate and no fund is available!
This incident occurred at Bhubaneswar, a state capital and a fast growing metro city. What about other areas like semi urban and rural corners? As a citizen should we not start demanding the governments that instead of giving subsidies, they should build the basic infrastructures with priority on health sector!