AN IAS OFFICER, who lost his mother due to inadequate health infrastructure in the district where he is posted as Collector, has gone public with his criticism of the system.
Damoh Collector Shriniwas Sharma’s mother died Saturday because no ambulance equipped with a ventilator was available in the district hospital to take her to Jabalpur. One of the two ambulances in the hospital is out of order for the past six months and the second one sent to the state capital, 250 km away.
“It took more than two hours to arrange an ambulance from neighbouring Sagar district. By the time my mother was taken to Jabalpur she had breathed her last.
The system is faulty and I am as much responsible for it as others,” the 2004-batch officer told The Indian Express. The 52-year-old officer took over as Damoh Collector 10 months ago.
Sharma said his 75-year-old mother had difficulty breathing and was taken to the district hospital. Sharma said the doctor did his best but had no option but to refer her to a bigger hospital in Jabalpur. The administration had a hard time getting an ambulance from Sagar. “Ye vyavastha ka prashna hai (This is a matter of the system),” he said.
“I have decided to ensure that Damoh hospital gets an ICU and an ambulance in one month. If government money can’t be arranged, I will spend from my pocket to get it done,” he said.