Sundergarh: The Odisha government’s tall claim of providing better road connectivity in rural areas seem to have fallen flat after a critical patient was carried on a cot for around two kilometre due to lack of proper road connectivity at Kumudaphala village under Balishankara block in the district.
The patient, who fell seriously ill after consuming poison in a suicide attempt, was in need of immediate medical treatment. The anxious family members dialled 108 helpline number for ambulance services. Though the emergency vehicle tried to reach the village and carry the patient to the nearby hospital, it could not reach the spot due to lack of road connectivity. The ambulance was parked on the road around 2 km away from the patient’s village.
Showing humanitarian gesture the ambulance driver himself visited the village by crossing small nullah and carried the patient on a cot to the ambulance.
“The vehicle failed the reach the village in absence of road. So, I have to visit the place and carry the patient in a cot with the help of others to the ambulance. Then, I immediately admitted him to the hospital,” the ambulance driver said.
The timely action of the ambulance staff helped save a precious life, villagers said.
Let alone motorable street, an ordinary road for the regular communication is still a daydream for the residents, it was alleged.
For every official work, they have to cover a distance of 2 km by crossing the nullah to reach the main road for public transportation, villagers said.
The driver of the ambulance garnered public appreciation for providing selfless service while a separate incident involving an inhuman act of the driver left everyone shocked.
The incident took place at Anandpur area in Keonjhar district. An ambulance driver carrying a patient from a Covid hospital to his house allegedly abandoned him mid-way.
The patient identified as Bhaskar Sahoo alleged that the driver had stopped the vehicle on NH 20 near Kumuda Chhak and asked him to get down for a while.
“He stopped the vehicle mid-way asked to me get down. He also got down and asked me to wait a while. Later, he drove the vehicle and fled the spot leaving behind me,” Sahoo said.
Later, another ambulance reached the spot on being informed about his ordeal and shifted him to his village.
“I learnt that the ambulance driver who had drunk heavily, left the patient mid-way. On receiving information, I rushed to the spot and took him to his destination,” said the ambulance driver who rescued the patient.