Anantapur: Guntakal hospital witnessed a heartrending scene on Thursday. A woman was seen dragging her seriously ill husband on the sloped stairs into the hospital as stretchers and wheel chairs were not available. None of the hospital staffers came to her help. She dragged him all the way to the upper floor to get him examined by the doctor.
P. Srinvasachari, 49, belonging to Madina Masjid Street in Tilaknagar of Guntakal was working as a guard with a private security agency in Hyderabad. He returned home recently due to ill health. He was also addicted to alcohol. Srinivasachari was suffering from diarrhoea and stomach pain since three days and had a serious wound on his leg.
His wife Srivani brought him in an autorickshaw to APVP Hospital in Guntakal late on Wednesday. The auto driver dropped him at the entrance. Srivani approached the hospital staff for a stretcher to take her husband to the first floor of the hospital to meet the doctor.
But, none of them responded to her pleas. With no other option, Srivani dragged her husband through the stairs to the upper floor. As Srinivasachari was suffering unbearable pain on his leg Srivani dragged him slowly catching his hand. “I asked for a stretcher but the staff replied that there was no stretcher on the ground floor. All the stretchers were on the upper floor,” she recalled.
When the incident went viral on social media, the authorities took a serious view about the negligence of the staff who refused to help the woman. Guntakal hospital superintendent Dr Ganganna said he would probe the incident. He said five stretchers were available at the hospital.