Kendrapara: The locals of Lunimathia village under Mahakalpada block today staged protest after a patient died allegedly due to delayed ambulance service here in the district.
Tension gripped the area by placing the body of the patient in front of the 108 ambulance after its arrival in the morning.
The deceased was identified as Nakhia Mallick.
According to reports, Nakhia was suffering from Tuberculosis for a long period of time. After his condition deteriorated yesterday, he was taken to Ramnagar Primary Health Centre where the doctor referred him to Kendrapara District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.
The family of the patient had called for 108 ambulance service for carrying him to the DHH last night.
However, the untimely arrival of the ambulance reportedly claimed the patient’s life.
As the 108 ambulance did not arrive in time to the primary hospital following which the patient died due to lack of treatment, the agitating villagers and family of deceased alleged.
However, the staff in the ambulance denied the allegation.
“The patient’s family is claiming that they had called for an ambulance at around 2.00 am on Saturday. But, it could not come. We received a call at 7.18 am and made start button on at 7.20 am. We reached the venue at 8.20 am, crossing around 35 km away from Babar. The villagers now stopped us on our way alleging untimely arrival of the ambulance to the patient’s house, said Bikarm Bisoi, a pharmacist of 108 ambulance.
The locals staged the protest by putting the body in front of the ambulance demanding compensation for the family of the deceased.
On receiving information, police reached the spot and started a probe into the incident.