No ambulance, a couple from Dera Bassi transport their sick son in a cart to a hospital 16 km away

While the Aam Aadmi party has made and continues to make lofty demands for the health of citizens to remain a priority, a dismal incident has taken place in the Dera Bassi region of Punjab. A sobbing mother of a 20-year-old son undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Dera Bassi was forced to hold a bottle of glucose while his father pushed a cart about 10 miles to take him to Chandigarh for treatment further after the ‘108’ the helpline told them there had been no ambulance to transport the patients.

According to reports, Ehtesham, 20, son of Abdul Ahad, a Dera Bassi-based used clothes dealer, had been undergoing treatment at a private hospital for three days. He was taken to the civil hospital around 10 a.m. on November 11 after his condition worsened.

In addition, doctors at the Civil Hospital monitored his condition and referred him to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 for specific treatment. Ahad requested an ambulance service to take his son to GMCH, Sector 32. However, he was asked to contact the ‘108’ hotline for service.

When Ahad contacted the help desk, the operator indicated their inability to provide an ambulance, stating that none were available for their disposal. When asked how soon this could be arranged, Ahad was advised to make his own arrangements to get to the hospital.

Ahad grabbed his cart and asked his wife Noorez Khatun to hold the bottle of glucose as they took their son to Chandigarh around 2 p.m. The boy undergoing treatment lay confined in a small cart while his parents transported him to Chandigarh in the absence of an ambulance.

“My son’s platelet count was around 22,000. I called the helpline for an ambulance but they said they weren’t available. I chose not to take the risk of waiting for the Ministry of Health to provide me with an ambulance,” Abdul told GMCH-32. He was also holding a doctor’s note that read “fever, body aches, abdominal pain and low platelet count. Please refer to GMCH-32.

BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga learned of the incident and criticized the AAP government for failing to meet the medical requirements of citizens. “The ambulance was on ‘VIP service’ under AAP government rule… so what could poor dad have done? He couldn’t let his son die, so he raced his cart down the street and asked his wife to sit behind and hold the bottle of glucose in her hand. This is how they got to Chandigarh from Derabassi,” he tweeted.

Further, Dr. Adarshpal Kaur, Mohali Civil Surgeon, learned of the incident and said, “Doctors are trying to help the patients as much as possible. We will investigate the incident and take preventive measures to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.