New Delhi: A woman from Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, was forced to take the body of her husband – who died from Kovid-19 – in an e-rickshaw due to lack of money to pay for an ambulance.
His son alleged that his father was unable to get a bed or treatment from hospitals or covid treatment facilities. He also said that the ambulance drivers were charging exorbitant amounts to take the body home.
In the heartbreaking scenes, the woman can be seen sitting in the back of the e-rickshaw and holding her husband’s body, which is apparently tied to the frame to keep it out of the vehicle.
UP is one of the most affected states in India with over 4.55 lakh active cases; On Tuesday morning it registered about 30,000 new cases and 285 deaths in 24 hours.
It is among the 10 states that accounted for 73 per cent of all cases reported on Monday.
Criticized for handling the epidemic of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra last month accused him of being a “failure of the regime”.
She also accused him of making sensitive remarks after claiming there was no oxygen shortage in UP.
The epidemic has killed more than two lakh people in India alone, but more than the number, it is the tragic stories and visuals that are the most tragic.
A 35-year-old Kovid-positive woman was found dead in the parking lot of a government-run hospital in Noida, UP, on Saturday, while her attendant was gasping for breath while pleading with authorities for a bed.
Last week, a young woman from Delhi lost her mother while trying to find oxygen oxygen refills. Her mother died while she was on her knees begging for oxygen.
In the days before visuals emerged in Agra, UP, she was giving strict CPR to a coward-positive husband as an auto rickshaw crashed into a hospital. He died just outside the hospital door.
Also from Agra, a man was forced to wrap his father’s body on the roof of a Honda sedan as no ambulance was available.
A catastrophic wave of covid infection has spread in India – every day since April 4. lakh lakh cases and more than three lakh cases daily since 22nd April. The active case load now stands at about 35.5 million – more than three times as many as last year.
The numbers are alarming, but what should be worrisome is the crisis that has engulfed the country’s healthcare system. Hospitals are overflowing, doctors are traumatized and overworked, and relatives and friends of Kovid patients are forced to fight – every day – for the lives of their loved ones.