Vijaywada: 17 year-old dies as ambulances busy on governor duty
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In an unfortunate incident, a 17-year-old student died, allegedly due to unavailability of 108 ambulance service at Gannavaram Community Health Centre on Friday.

The deceased identified as T Rakesh Kumar, a native of Chikkavaram village, a first-year student of electral trade at ITI in Gannavaram.

According to reports, he had finished writing an exam and collapsed as he was planning to return home and was trying to start his two-wheeler.

He was rushed to Gannavaram Community Health Centre by few students where the doctors referred the case to the Government General Hospital in Vijayawada.

The family tried and call the ambulance to shift him to the GGH in Vijayawada, but there was no response.

They alleged that the 108 vehicle was alleged with the Governor’s convoy and there was no oxygen in the hospital.

The family had to hire a private ambulance owing to the emergency, to shift him to Vijayawada, but it was not equipped with the oxygen cylinder.

On the way, Rakesh died. His friends alleged that all the oxygen cylinders in the community health centre were empty.

“When we called for 108, they said all the nearest ambulances were busy. When we approached the hospital authorities, they said that they don’t have an ambulance and asked us to hire a private ambulance. The hospital doesn’t even have oxygen cylinders and after this incident, they brought the full cylinders” they said.

“We lost our son only because of the negligence and lack of proper facilities in the hospital. If at all we could get the 108 ambulance in time, we could have saved our son,” Rakesh’s father was quoting as saying.

On the other hand, the district health officials denied the death of Rakesh was due to unavailability of an ambulance.

Meanwhile, the District Medical Health Officer (DMHO) ordered a probe into the incident.

According to reports, he stated that the health centre was adequately equipped with ambulances but all of them may have been busy during the incident.

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