In a country where critically ill die because they couldn’t get an ambulance on time and relatives carry dead bodies on their shoulders, a vehicle meant to ferry patients was used to transport shoes.
The outrageous incident was reported from Dausa in Rajasthan.
Transporting goods, not patients
In a video that has gone viral on social media, an ambulance can be seen transporting sacks of shoes from Dausa to Jaipur.
It is alleged that the ambulance was used to transport shoes and slippers for a businessman from Jaipur.
After the video went viral, the ambulance driver with Dausa Government Hospital was removed from duty.
The principal medical officer (PMO) of Dausa Government Hospital, Dr Shivram Meena, confirmed on Thursday that the ambulance driver, who was NGO-appointed, has already been removed while a panel has been put together to probe the matter.
Driver appointed by NGO
“We have removed the ambulance driver, who was appointed by an NGO. We have also formed a committee to investigate the matter. Action will be taken once the committee submits its report,” Meena told ANI.
“If necessary, a case will be registered under relevant sections against the accused. This is a serious matter. It was brought to my notice this (Thursday) morning. I assure a proper inquiry into the matter,” he added.
Ambulance for emergency travel
This, however, is not an isolated incident, as cases of ambulance misuse are rampant across the country.
Last week the Kerala Police arrested a man from Alappuzha after he booked an ambulance to travel to Thiruvananthapuram.
The accused, who worked as a distributor of medical equipment in hospitals, had to hurry to the state capital for some business-related work.
So he, pretending to be a neurosurgeon, dialled 108 for ambulance service, claiming that he had emergency surgery in Thiruvananthapuram, which was some 120 km away.
However, the ambulance driver felt something was amiss and took the vehicle to the police station and got him arrested.
Newly-married take ambulance ride
In January 2022, the Kerala Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) suspended the driving licence of an ambulance driver after the vehicle was used to transport a newly-married couple.
The action was taken after videos emerged on social media showing the ambulance carrying the newlywed couple from the wedding venue with beacon lights and sirens on.
Wedding party use ambulance in lockdown
In April 2020, during the peak of the nationwide lockdown, a wedding party, including a newlywed couple and seven family members, used an ambulance to return from Ghaziabad to Muzaffarnagar, which is 80 km away, while disguised as patients.
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