Railway Passenger Dies for Want of Medical Attention in India

by VR Sreeraman on  February 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM General Health News
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Railway Passenger Dies for Want of Medical Attention in India
A 64-year-old man traveling by train died for want of medical attention in southern India on Monday.

Sampath and his wife Kamala had boarded the train at Bangalore and convulsions shook the man as the train approached Jolarpet a few hours later.

On-board officials were alerted before the train reached the junction. However, they couldn't find a doctor travelling in the train.

It was the same story at Jolarpet too. Passengers and officials looked around desperately, but couldn't find a doctor to treat the man who had almost passed out, nor could they arrange for a doctor to be called in from the town.

And the train had to chug on. A doctor was on hand at the next stop. That junction had been alerted. But it was too late. By the time it reached the stop, the man had died.
Sampath was declared 'brought dead.'

Sampath's niece, Malathi Varadarajan, told the Times of India in anguish, "The railway budget has announced many new trains, but it's sad to note there are no medical facilities and doctors at railway stations. Had a doctor been stationed at Jolarpet, my uncle could've been saved. Imagine what my aunty would have gone through."

"I wish the authorities ensure there's help on call for medical emergencies. Communication with medical institutions, on-board first aid kits and access to doctors will all make a lot of difference," the distressed Malathi added.

Source: Medindia

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It was very unfortunate for the victim.Railways world over depends on the medical care of the state through which the train passes,but a fool proof first aid service should be available on board like food water security and other add on services being provided.Even that could be impossible so best is to make use of health personnel traveling on train to volunteer medical help in emergencies.Our honourable minister can provide doctors with privalge free/discount passes in exchange for the medical services on wheel for needy passenger.


It is dreadful that such things still happen! I think strict legislations have to be put in place by the government of India. All people carriers, let it be trains or flights Must have a Fully equip first aid kit. Items like bandages and basic necessities have to be checked before a flight takes off from the ground and trains depart from main junctions.

A few weeks ago I was traveling by Indigo airlines. I had a deep paper cut on board. And required a bandage. On asking the airhostess I learnt they had run out of bandages!! A very basic first aid item.

I know that staff on flights are trained to pass basic levels of first aid training. Even railway staff should have to go through rigorous training.

I also feel that First Aid should become part of children's Biology curriculum in schools. ANd must be treated with a practical approch. A more informed today can bring a clearer tomorrow.

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