Woman, new born die as ambulance fails to reach

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Rayagada: In yet another case of collapsed health care services in the State, a woman and her new born baby died on Monday in the district, as the ambulance she needed to reach the nearby hospital failed to turn up in time.

Sources said, family members of a pregnant lady in Ghagudimal village under Kalyansinghpur block called up a 102 ambulance as she started experiencing labour pain in the morning. But as it didn’t turn up, they arranged a cot to carry the lady to the Kalyansinghpur hospital.

After travelling for about two kilometres, the ambulance reached. But by then her condition had started deteriorating.

She delivered the baby at the hospital. But soon after the birth the infant died due to poor health of the woman. Doctors treating the lady referred her to Rayagada District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) where she breathed her last.

When asked, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of the district refused to comment on the matter.

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