'Delay' in medical aid at New Delhi railway station claims one life

Railway authtorities drew flak over the state of medical facilities  at the busiest railway station in the national capital after a 35-year-old man died at New Delhi railway station on Tuesday morning. He suffered a stroke, minutes after boarding a Mumbai-bound train.

While the family of Pankaj Jha, an engineer and manager with a private firm, alleged that delay on the part of railway authorities in providing medical aid led to Jha's death, railway officials said it reached the patient within 20 minutes.

“He was a young man with no major complications. He fought a battle with death for quite some time, but it took the railway authorities an hour to provide medical help. Had the relief reached him earlier, he might have survived,” Devendra Singh Dabas, friend and colleague of Pankaj, told Deccan Herald.

He said Pankaj started having problems right after boarding Punjab Mail at 5 am, but the doctors reached the station only around 6 am. The delay took place despite Pankaj informing the attendants of coach B-3, about him having a sudden complication, Dabas claimed.

However, the railway authorities  stated that doctors attended to the patient within 20 minutes of the incident being reported to them.

“Somebody pulled the chain of the train moments after it left the station at 5.20 am. It was 5.30 by the time the railway authorities were informed about the Jha’s deteriorating health. Two doctors attended to the patient within 20 minutes. All possible medical help was tendered, but unfortunately the patient was declared dead,” said Y S Rajput, senior PRO, Delhi Division.

The incident happened despite the claims of Northern Railways of having basic emergency services - including a 24x7 ambulance and an "emergency equipment room" containing a stretcher, wheelchair and a gas-cutter among other facilities at all the five major stations in the Capital.

The facilities were claimed to have been provided after a passenger bled to death after falling into the gap between a platform and a train at Nizamuddin station in November 2011.

A 36-year-old Bhagwan Parwal got little medical help when he laid stuck between a platform and train for 85 minutes. After he was extricated, he had to be wheeled out on a vendor's cart. In that case, more than 30 minutes elapsed before the officials took notice of his plight and a gas cutter could even be found.

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