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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: In wake of the heart-wrenching incident in the capital city where a five-year-old ailing boy lost his life after the ambulance carrying him to hospital got stuck in heavy traffic, Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) Sandhyabati Pradhan, has slapped a notice to Bhubaneswar Traffic DCP to furnish detailed report in connection with the incident.

As per reports, OSCPCR Chairperson has demanded the traffic DCP to show under what circumstances the boy lost his life and what delayed the ambulance from reaching the hospital in time as has been alleged by the family members of the deceased kid. The report also must include the places where it allegedly got stuck while carrying the patient from Capital Hospital to a private hospital in Patia.

Furthermore, the Chairperson has also asked the DCP to provide a report about the steps taken by Traffic department to clear the way for emergency services to prevent halting of ambulances while shifting patients from one hospital to another.

"Had the engaged traffic officials at the post been responsible, life of the kid could have been saved," said OSCPCR Chairperson. Further she added, "Commuters must also take equal responsibility to give way to ambulance and support such causes. I have demanded action-taken report from Traffic DCP."

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It is pertinent to mention, the minor boy was admitted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar after he complained about stomach ache on the night of February 10. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital. While the doctors referred him to SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack after his health condition deteriorated a day after, the parents of the ailing boy decided to take him to KIMS.

The boy was carried in an ambulance from Capital Hospital on the Governor House- Nandankanan Route where the vehicle got stuck near NALCO Chhak due to heavy traffic and road blockage. The doctors declared him brought-dead.

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