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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Despite having a maternal mortality rate of 150 per lakh live births, Odisha witnessed another unsafe childbirth in the backward and tribal district of Gajapati on Wednesday. 

As per reports, one Jhunu  Jani belonging to Jamdul village under R Udayagiri block in Gajapati district experienced labour pain in the morning. Immediately, her family members along with Asha Karmi Gayatri Jani dialled 108 for an ambulance service. But their efforts went in vain as due to poor mobile network, the calls failed.

With no alternative in sight, the family members carried Jhunu on a stretcher to the nearest hospital for safe delivery. However, given the late stage of delivery, the childbirth took place midway to the hospital. 

The woman, who gave birth to a baby girl, went through profuse bleeding after the delivery. Seeing the critical condition of the mother, the family members hired an auto to admit her to a hospital at the earliest.

“We dialled 108 for an ambulance service immediately, but the call failed due to poor mobile network. Out of compulsion, we carried her on a stretcher. But she had to go through the delivery midway as the hospital is 11 km from our village,” said Asha Karmi Gayatri Jani.

The respite is, despite unsafe delivery, conditions of both the mother and her baby are stated to be stable.


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