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Jharkhand: Toddler dies as father was short of Rs 50 for CT scan

Jharkhand: Toddler dies as father was short of Rs 50 for CT scan
Courtesy: NDTV

RANCHI: A one-year-old boy died at a hospital here on Monday as his father was short of Rs 50, according to Jharkhand Police.

The boy, Shyam, was brought to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) at Jharkhand for treatment on Sunday after he suffered head injuries in a fall.

According to NDTV reports, on Saturday, Shyam had fallen from the terrace while playing and sustained severe internal head injuries.

The child was admitted to RIMS at 7:31 am, where the doctors had asked for a CT scan.

The cost of a CT scan is Rs 1,350 and the boy’s father Santosh Kumar had only Rs 1,300. He requested the lab staff to conduct the scan despite the shortage of funds, the police said.

But the lab staff refused the scan. His father phoned a friend who rushed over with the extra money needed, but it was too late. By then, the toddler had died.

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In another similar incident on Sunday, a mother and her unborn child died in Gumla district.

Janki Devi was admitted in the Gumla Sadar hospital for delivery.

However, the hospital did not perform the operation and referred her to RIMS.

According to Janki Devi’s husband Munna, the hospital management took three hours to complete the paper work. She died while waiting for its completion.

The opposition parties have expressed concern over the state’s poor healthcare scenario.

In some cases, families were not even provided an ambulance to carry a dead body home.

IANS inputs