Death of scriptwriter John Paul puts spotlight on Kerala's health system

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Thiruvananthapuram: The death of scriptwriter John Paul on Saturday in the absence of timely medical assistance at the time of his fall in January, has put the spotlight on the lackadaisical attitude of the health system of Kerala, otherwise rated as the best by NITI Aayog.

Recently, actor Kailash and another film personality Jolly Joseph said that in the third week of January, they received a frantic call from Paul.

Kailash recalled how he rushed to Paul's house only to find him lying helplessly on the floor.

"He had a huge frame (about 160 kilograms) and despite several efforts, my friends and I could not lift him up. We sought help from an ambulance service, but they refused. We then called the Fire Force, they too turned down our request. At last we approached the local police station and two officials came quickly but were unable to do anything. For around three hours, Paul was lying on the floor," said Kailash.

Meanwhile, Joseph said later that Paul was planning to write about his ordeal when he was somewhat better.

"He said perhaps it might help as such a service is badly needed in Kochi and that nobody else should suffer like him," said Joseph.

When contacted, the local Fire Force official attached to the Ernakulam office assured of action if anybody is found guilty.

"From our records so far we have not been able to find out if any such call was received that day. Meanwhile, we will again look into it and if there was any lapse on the part of anyone, action would be taken for sure," said the official.


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