Nepal | May 26, 2020

Three-month-old baby dies on way to hospital

Agitators stopped the ambulance carrying sick infant at several places

Shyam Rai
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Neighbours gather around the house of Dhan Bahadur Budathoki in Triyuga Muncipality,whose  three month-old baby boy Padam died on the  way to the hospital due to frequent intervention  on the ambulance by the madhesi agitators along the East-West Highway on Monday.

Neighbors gather around the house of Dhan Bahadur Budathoki in Triyuga Municipality,whose three month-old baby boy Padam died on the way to the hospital for want of timely treatment on Monday.

Gaighat, November 23

A three-month-old boy of Triyuga municipality died on way to hospital for want of timely treatment, as the ambulance carrying the baby was halted by the activists of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front in Udaypur this afternoon.

As the agitating activists of UDMF were obstructing traffic along the East West Highway and did not allow the ambulance carrying the infant to hospital, Dhan Bahadur Budathoki’s three-month-old son Padam breathed his last on way to hospital.

The infant, who had been undergoing treatment at District Hospital, Udaypur, for the past two days, succumbed to pneumonia. The health workers had referred Padam to Biratnagar-based Nobel Hospital this morning, as his treatment was not possible at the health facility.

The baby was being taken to Biratnagar in an ambulance run by local Him Shikhar Multi-purpose Cooperative. Dhan Bahadur said they were delayed by hours after the ambulance was stopped at Shambhunath, Rupani and Kanchanpur of Saptari.

Dhan Bahadur claimed that the ambulance was not allowed to move even after he told the demonstrators that his son was seriously ill.

Ambulance driver Mehabub Raja said he also pleaded in vain with the demonstrators to allow the vehicle to pass.

On November 20, activists of the agitating front had vandalised an ambulance ferrying an ill child to hospital at Katahari, Morang. The child’s mother was hurt in the attack.

They had also attacked an ambulance carrying a patient, who was being administered artificial oxygen, in Duhabi of Sunsari, on Saturday. The patient was referred to Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences from Biratnagar’s City Hospital. Driver Ananda BK was seriously injured in the attack.

Protesting frequent attacks, ambulance drivers have stopped ambulance services in Morang, Sunsari and Jhapa districts since Sunday.

They say the service will not resume until their security is guaranteed.

A version of this article appears in print on November 24, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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