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'World is Watching': IPS Officer Shares Receipt of Ambulance Charging Rs 10,000 for 4km in Delhi

@arunbothra / Twitter.

@arunbothra / Twitter.

In the pre-covid world, the cost of ambulance use in Delhi was Rs 500 for the first 5km and then Rs 50-60/km after that.

Even though doctors and nurses are putting their best efforts to save patients lives amid the second wave of COVID-19, the current situation — where hospitals are overburdened and there is a shortage of ambulance services and medical supplies – is also bringing out the worst in people. Few people, instead of helping others, are exploiting them in their misery. This is evident as ambulance services in the national capital are charging Rs 10,000 for a 4km trip to ferry critical Covid patients to healthcare facilities. Putting an end to all the moral values, the ambulance service providers in Delhi are allegedly forcing the suffering citizens to line up with open wallets.

IPS officer Arun Bothra, on April 28, shared a receipt given by DK Ambulance Service for payment of Rs 10,000 to take a patient from Pitampura to Fortis Hospital, a 4km distance. He said that the “world is watching our moral values.”

Bothra’s tweet has received over 19,000 tweets and over 61,000 likes. The tweet went viral on social media and people agreed with him. Netizens also shared various incidents where medical facilities providers allegedly looted people during these testing times.

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People are now demanding from the Delhi government to cap the per-kilometre rate that ambulances can charge, as is being done in states such as Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Reportedly, in Rajasthan, the rate for bigger ambulances has been fixed at Rs 17.50/km. In normal times, the cost of ambulance use in Delhi is Rs 500 for first 5km and then Rs 50-60/km after that.

Delhi on Thursday reported 24,235 new Covid-19 cases, 395 deaths and 25,615 recoveries. There are 97,977 active cases in the national capital. Hospitals across Delhi are reportedly having a shortage of medical oxygen refill. Many patients have died in the past few weeks after oxygen ran out in some hospitals.

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