New Delhi, Nov 11: Padma Shri awardee boxer, Dingko Singh, who earned gold medal in the Asian Games had to face ignominy while getting admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Wednesday (Nov 9) afternoon.
The reason behind the hospital authority’s denial to get him admitted was that Dingko Singh didn't have enough money for the admission at AIIMS.Singh has been suffering from Hepatitis for last couple of months.
After making repeated requests, one of Singh's admirers, who works in AIIMS, finally came forward and helped Dingo get treated at country's premier medical institute. But, the boxer was still refused to be provided with a bed at AIIMS.
Dingko has been working as the assistant director of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Imphal in Manipur. SAI authorities have provided around Rs 50 thousand for Dingko’s treatment. But that has not been sufficient.
On Wednesday, when contacted over phone at his temporary residence in New Delhi, frustrated boxer said,"I roamed around all the big hospitals in the capital city, including AIIMS and Gangaram. I even disclosed my identity to the hospital authorities but I was not entertained, and refused to get admitted.”
One of his cousin brothers has accompanied Singh from Imphal.
He too said, “Dingko has not been able to move much as he is getting tired after travelling even a shorter distance. I am getting worried for my ailing brother.”
Finally, the 37-year old started getting treatment at the outdoor service of AIIMS courtesy, a local doctor from Manipur who is one of Dingko’s well-wishers.
Even after the treatment Dingko seems anxious and said, “I do not have enough money to continue with the treatment. In that case, after some days I will have to arrange money for treatment again.”