Uttar Pradesh: Retired District Judge's COVID-19 positive wife dies due to delay in ambulance arrival
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Lucknow: After famous Lucknow Historian Padam Shri Yogesh Praveen, covid positive wife of a retired district judge died due to inordinate delay in the arrival of an Ambulance to shift her to the hospital in the state capital Lucknow on Thursday.

In an emotional letter posted on social media, the retired district Judge Ramesh Chandra (67) wrote that he and his wife Madhua Chandra (64) tested covid positive two days ago. While he was managing on his own, his wife’s oxygen level went down to below 80 and she had to be shifted to a covid hospital.

Chandra claimed that he made over 100 calls to the control room and other numbers provided by the state administration for calling an ambulance but to no avail. The ambulance did not arrive even after a day. His wife died due to delay in shifting her to the hospital on Thursday morning.

In the letter, the former district judge again pleaded for sending an ambulance to take her body to an electric crematorium. This time the ambulance arrived after a four hours delay.

“What kind of medical facilities are we providing to people in Lucknow? Corona positive people are left to die in the state capital. Conditions in other districts might be worse than this,” Chandra told media persons while sobbing.

Famous Lucknow Historian Padam Shri Yogesh Praveen too died for want of an ambulance despite the fact that the State Law Minister Brajesh Pathak himself called up the CMO Office for rushing the ambulance to late Praveen’s residence.

The CMO Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar said that they are trying their best to shift serious covid patients to hospitals. The ambulance is usually sent if a bed is available. “We had sent the ambulance as soon as a bed was made available,” he clarified.

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