Malda (West Bengal): A young woman, aged 25, passed away en route to a rural hospital in West Bengal's Malda district. Her family had attempted to transport her on a charpoy after being denied service by ambulances and local vehicles due to the poor condition of the road connecting their village with the medical facility.
The victim Mamuni Roy's family members found themselves in a challenging situation as they attempted to transport her to Modipukur rural hospital on Friday. Mamuni had been unwell for a few days, and her family decided to carry her on a charpoy from their village Maldanga to the hospital, which was approximately four-and-a-half kilometers away in the Bamangola area.
Unfortunately, they were unable to secure an ambulance or any local vehicle to undertake the journey due to the treacherous road conditions. Kartik Roy, Mamuni's husband, expressed their predicament and the necessity to resort to using the cot for transportation. He said they had to carry her to the rural hospital on the cot as no ambulance or any local vehicle was willing to risk the perilous journey due to the poor condition of the road.
"We tried to take her to the hospital on a cot, but she died on the way," he said. Bamangola Block Development Officer (BDO) Raju Kundu said, "The woman was ill for the last few days and was being taken to the hospital, but she died on the way." "The road had been 'kuccha' (unpaved) for a long time. Six to seven months ago, we repaired the road and have plans to lay a tar road. We have sent the proposal to higher authorities for laying bitumen and are awaiting permission," he said.
A local BJP leader alleged that the administration has failed to take any action to improve the road condition while the TMC said the matter required a probe and asserted that the incident does not prove that there has not been any development in the area.