AHMEDABAD: The Jadav family of Ghatlodia on Friday lost the head of their family as they waited for an EMRI 108 ambulance to take him to the hospital. “He was taken to an AMCrun hospital in a private vehicle on Thursday when he started getting breathless.
But they were denied, and my daughter was told they cannot admit patients coming on their own,” said his wife Rajshree. “We had to use all our might to get an ambulance from Viramgam so that we could take him to Civil Hospital. The call we had made to 108 at 9pm got answered at 12 noon the next day when he had passed away.”
Amid rapid rise in the Covid-19 cases in the city and elsewhere in the state, the blaring EMRI 108 ambulances are getting to be a common sight on city roads. But both the emergency services officials and members of public are under duress as several hospitals are denying admissions to patients who are not coming through the services.
Jashvant Prajapati, COO, EMRI Gujarat, said that there is no such rule for the ambulances. “We of course are collaborating with authorities like Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to help find the patients a bed. But we are not aware of such a norm,” he said.
EMRI officials said that the ambulance also doesn’t guarantee hospitalization. Sources said that in several instances they had to go from one hospital to another as the patients could not find oxygen or ventilator beds.
Dr Bharat Gadhvi, president of Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), said that the member hospitals have no such rule. “How can any hospital deny patients admission irrespective of the mode they came into? Role of ambulances is to provide stability to the patients before they get admitted, but the wait for ambulances can sometimes also prove critical,” he said.
Dr Rakesh Joshi, additional medical superintendent of Civil Hospital, said that they have not made any such rule. “We are admitting patients who are coming on their own for long,” he said.