PATNA, June 26 � The condition of five among the eight injured from Assam is still stated to be critical even as family members of the victims complained of insufficient medical facilities and lacklustre response from�the Government.
Contrary to what was promised by the government, no special facilities seem to be reaching the victims and they are now being compelled to manage on their own. While three of the victims from Assam are being treated at the Patna Medical College and Hospital, the others have been admitted at the Railway Central Hospital and Paras Hospital here.
Sewali Sarma (60), a resident of Guwahati�s Chandmari area, is yet to gain full consciousness ever since the tragedy struck the Rajdhani Express�on that fateful night. Her husband Pramod Chandra Sarma, who too was in the same train, told this Reporter: �We have lost everything we had. My wife�s condition does not seem to be improving. We want to shift her for better treatment but do not know how to go for it. I do not even have a slipper to�wear. No arrangement has been made for our stay. We are literally stranded and we have none to look up to.�
Sarma, a retired Assam government official, alleged that the Assam DIG who was rushed to Patna to take care of the emergency needs, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. �The DIG of Assam Police had asked us to contact him for any emergency need, but his cell phone could not be reached,� Sarma rued.
For Achinta Saikia of Tinsukia�s Doomdooma, who had recently undergone a heart surgery and went to New Delhi for treatment, it could not get any worse.
After developing heart complications recently, he now has to fight with a serious�head injury he sustained in the rail accident. Rita Nath (30), who was travelling with Achinta and his wife Kavita, too, received multiple injuries and is still panic-stricken. Rita and Kavita are now banking on the government for better facilities.
The CPRO of East Central Zone, Indian Railway, Arvind Kumar Rajak, told this Reporter that all the injured, including those from Assam, were being looked after with utmost care. �The five critically injured from Assam will be provided the best possible treatment,� he assured.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is scheduled to visit Patna and take stock of the condition of the patients here.