A video of a man carrying the body of his seven -year -old daughter on his shoulder in Surguja district in Chhattisgarh was widely shared on social media on Friday, prompting health minister TS Singh Deo to order an investigation.
According to officials, the girl died on Friday morning at the Community Health Center in Lakhanpur village in the district, and her father carried the body before the hearse arrived.
Ishwar Das, who hails from Amdala village, had taken his ailing daughter Surekha to the Lakhanpur Community Health Center early in the morning, they said.
“The girl’s oxygen level was very low, around 60. According to her parents, she had a high fever for the past few days. The necessary treatment had been started but her condition was deteriorating and she died around 7:30 am,” Dr Vinod said. Bhargav, the Rural Medical Assistant (RMA) was stationed at the health center.
“We told family members that the hearse would arrive soon. It came about 9:20 a.m., but by then they had left with the bodies,” he said.
In the video, the man is seen carrying the body on his shoulder. He traveled about 10 km on foot to get home.
Surguja: Chhattisgarh Health Min TS Singh Deo ordered investigation after video of a man carrying his daughter’s body on his shoulder became contagious
A concerned health official from Lakhanpur should have made his father understand to wait for the hearse instead of releasing it, said Deo (25.3) pic.twitter.com/aN5li1PsCm
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After the video was widely shared on social media, Health Minister TS Singh Deo, who was in Ambikapur – the district headquarters – on Friday, asked the district Chief Medical and Health Officer to investigate the matter and take necessary action.
“I saw the video. It was disturbing. I have told the CMHO to take appropriate action after getting the matter investigated. I have told him that those who were stationed there but unable to perform their duties should be removed,” he said. to reporters.
Mr Singh Deo represents the Ambikapur constituency in the State Legislative Assembly.
“The health workers on duty should persuade the family to wait for the vehicle. They should make sure such a thing does not happen,” the minister added.
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