Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Puri: Congress leader Prasad Harichandan met the family of Kabir Bhoi on Tuesday, who had paddled his sick wife for around 90 kms from Puri to Cuttack on a rented trolley rickshaw on October 11 after he failed to hire an auto-rickshaw to take her for treatment at SCB Hospital due to lack of money.

Eventually Kabir’s wife Sukanti Bhoi, who had developed kidney-related ailments and was suffering from malignancy, succumbed while undergoing treatment in the hospital.

After discussing with Kabir about his ordeal, Harichandan blamed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the tragic state of healthcare facilities in the state.

“Kabir’s wife has been neglected in her treatment and the matter should be investigated by Aditional Chief Secretary of Health Department,” Harichandan said.

The former president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) also demanded that the State Government should provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 20 lakh.

“There has been violation of human rights in case of Kabir. We will take the matter with Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and further demand an ex gratia amounting Rs 50 lakh,” he said.

Earlier, the incident had become the talk of the town. Kabir, a resident of Puri had admitted his wife Sukanti at the local District Headquarters Hospital (DHH). The doctors at the DHH advised him to shift his wife to SCB Medical in Cuttack as her health condition continued to deteriorate.

Later, Kabir brought her back home as he was having no money to shift her to Cuttack hospital.

However, when Sukanti’s health worsened, Kabir hired a trolley rickshaw at Rs 50 per day and paddled all the way from Sakhigopal to Cuttack.

The couple was spotted near OMP square in Cuttack by some social activists and OTV team, who helped Kabir in admitting Sukanti at SCB Hospital.

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