Pregnant woman on charpoy: OHRC notice to DM, NRHM director

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Bhubaneswar: A day after a pregnant woman in Rayagada district reached hospital in a cot as the ambulance reached late, the Odisha Human Rights Commission today registered a suo motu complaint and asked the Collector of the concerned district to submit a report within 14 days over the circumstances that led to such a deplorable situation.
The commission also issued notice to the director of National Rural Health Mission to reply on the late arrival of ambulance.

A village woman with labour pain was reportedly carried on a charpoy to the hospital as the ambulance failed to reach her home in time in Kalyansinghpur of Rayagada district, prompting the authorities to order a probe into the episode today.

Her family members said they were forced to carry her in a ‘charpoy’ after waiting for the ambulance for a long time.

Rayagada district Collector Jagannath Mohanty said by the time the lone ambulance available at the health centre reached the village, the patient had been taken to the hospital.

Stating that steps would be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents, he said he has directed the sub-collector to probe into the incident and submit a report.

The woman appears to be anaemic and may be shifted to Rayagada hospital, he said.

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