Malkangiri : In yet another act of callousness, a 108 ambulance allegedly left a seven-year-old girl midway to the Malkangiri district hospital after the child died near Nayakguda today.

The deceased, identified as Barsha Khemudu of Ghusapalli in the district, was being taken along with parents in the 108 ambulance from the Mithali hospital where the girl child was referred to the Malkangiri district hospital following deterioration in her health condition.

However, the 108 ambulance driver asked the parents of the child to get down at Nayakguda after the girl died near Pandiani. When the crying parents of the child holding the body of Barsha were passing near Nayakguda, locals asked the couple about the matter in detail. Following this, the villagers contacted the local BDO and medical authorities to get an ambulance to carry the body of the child to his village.

Notably, in recent past, Dana Majhi, a resident of Melhghar in Kalahandi district attracted national and international media attention for carrying his wife’s body on shoulders for 10 km from the district hospital to his village after an ambulance or hearse van was denied to him by the hospital authorities. After an intervention from OTV’s Bhawanipatna reporter Ajit Singh, Dana Majhi got an ambulance to carry his wife’s body for another 50 km to his village.

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