Sharmili Mallick

A pregnant woman of Nuapada village under Ichhapur pachayat of Jharigam block in Nabarangpur district had to be carried on a cot for more than one kilometre to the ambulance on Tuesday in absence of a motorable road to the tribal-dominated hamlet.

The woman, Surjya Majhi, wife of Manjit Majhi of the village, was later admitted to Jharigam Community Health Centre (CHC) where she delivered a baby boy. The infant and mother were subsequently  shifted to Umerkote Health Centre after the health condition of the newborn deteriorated.

Meanwhile, the health condition of the mother and infant is stated to be stable, said the doctors at Umerkote Healthcare Centre.

Sources said Surjya complained of labour pain early on Tuesday morning following which her husband rang up 102 ambulance service.

The ambulance driver responded but had to parked the vehicle near Barpani village, situated at a distance of around one and a half kilometres from Nuapada village, as there was no motorable road.

Learning that the ambulance could not reach the village due to lack of a road, villagers and Surjya’s family members arranged a cot and walked through the uneven and muddy road for more than an hour and took the pregnant woman to the ambulance.

“As the village do not have a motorable road, we had to carry the her (pregnant woman) on a cot to the ambulance. Only motorbikes and  bicycle ply on the road and the condition become worse during the rainy season,” said Sadan Majhi, a resident of Nuapada village.

Dinabandhu Majhi, another villager said, “We helped the family member of the pregnant woman to take her to the ambulance. The ambulance waited near Barpani for over two-three hours,” he added.

The concerned officials are yet to respond on the incident.