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Majhi never sought help from hospital: Odisha Govt

Rejecting allegation that Dana Majhi was denied a hearse by the authorities forcing him to carry his wife’s body on his shoulder for 10 km last month, Odisha government on Friday told the Assembly he had never sought any help before leaving Bhawanipatna district headquarters hospital.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu S Nayak gave this information while replying to a written question by Congress member Prafulla Majhi.

“Holding a contractual staff nurse Rajendra Rana responsible for the incident, the government has dismissed him from the service. Similarly, the security agency guarding the hospital at Bhawanipatna has also been disengaged,” Nayak said. Majhi had never sought any help or assistance like dead body carrier to any of the hospital staff in the night of August 23, Nayak said quoting the Chief District Medical Office (CDMO), Kalahandi’s report to the government. In case of poor patient, if approached, transportation arrangement is made from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund or Rogi Kalyan Samiti or Red Cross fund, he said.

The poor tribal from Melghar village, located 60 km from the Kalahandi district headquarters town of Bhawanipatna, had hogged headlines for carrying his wife’s body on shoulder for 10 km before journalists informed the district authorities and a vehicle was arranged. Majhi on August 24 had said he carried his wife’s body on shoulder and walked 10 km after the hospital authorities refused to provide any assistance to transport the body. 
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