On the day of his “terahvi” (13th day after his death), a 55-year-old government doctor from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh who had been assigned to Chitrakoot received his transfer notice over WhatsApp.
He had requested a move to Prayagraj, his homeland, for the last two years, citing a chronic illness, but his request wasn’t fulfilled till after he passed away.
Due to a liver infection, Dipendra Singh, a district hospital employee in Chitrakoot, was seriously unwell for a protracted period of time.
According to his relatives, Singh had asked to be sent to Prayagraj for medical reasons.
Singh passed away on the evening of June 17.
He was, however, moved from Chitrakoot to Prayagraj in accordance with the transfer list made public by the State Health and Family Welfare department on June 30.
Ironically, on the day when his ‘terahvi’ procedures were being carried out, his family received the transfer list on his WhatsApp number.
Singh’s younger brother, Hemendra Singh, said, “My brother was suffering from a severe liver infection and was requesting a transfer for the past two years, but all the requests failed to make any impact on the State Health department.
He was on leave for the past three months and finally breathed his last on the intervening night of June 17-18. We have now got his transfer orders.”
Chief Medical Superintendent, Motilal Nehru Divisional hospital, Prayagraj, Indu Kanojia, said, “I have not received any written order of Dipendra Singh’s transfer to this hospital. However, in the transfer list, which was released on social media, he was transferred to this hospital.”
Dipendra was posted 11 years ago as a senior consultant in Joint District hospital, Chitrakoot.
He applied for a transfer to Prayagraj so that he could get his treatment under the supervision of his family members.
Singh is survived by his wife Abha Singh, who is a gynaecologist and lives with two minor sons.
Singh’s wife said, “Seeing the transfer order after his death, we don’t know how to react.”