Poor health facilities at district hospitals were highlighted Sunday in Bahraich when a former MLA had to spend over an hour on the floor of an emergency ward before he was given medical attention.
Bhagwati Prasad,an MLA of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from Ikauna from 1967-69 and 1969-74,was referred to the district hospital. A patient of hernia,he had to spend more than an hour on the floor with his son by his side apparently due to rush of patients in the emergency ward. It was only when the medical officers found out that Prasad was a former MLA that they arranges for his admission.
I had submitted all papers about his being a former MLA when I went to the hospital around 8 am Sunday. But no doctor came to attend to him. I had to make him lie down on the floor for at least one and a half hours before he was admitted, said Gandhi Prasad,one of Prasads three sons,who is a rickshawpuller in Ikauna. The other two sons of Prasad work as farm labourers and at a grocery shop in the village.
Prasad is known to have opened a tea stall near his village at one point of time to earn a living. His financial state remains poor.
He is diagnosed with chronic renal failure and is critical,according to the doctors.
The hospital administration,meanwhile,denied any laxity in services. Dr Kansu Ram,Chief Medical Superintendent of the district hospital,said: There might have been a delay of 15-20 minutes or may be even an hour in admitting him (Prasad),but that was because there was a rush of patients in the emergency. There was no laxity from the doctors side. The former MLA was shifted to a private ward on Monday,said Dr Ram,adding that he is in a state of unconsciousness.
He has not got any help from the BJP. I did not know that he was ill otherwise the party members would have gone for his help yesterday, said Mukut Bihari Verma,BJP MLA from Kaiserganj,Bahraich.
I had a talk with his family and was told he is better now, Verma told The Indian Express,saying he visited the former MLA in the evening.