Suryakant Jena

A pregnant woman had to undergo childbirth under risky circumstances while being carried on a cot because of the failure of ambulance to arrive at the village due to poor road connectivity. According to sources, the incident happened in the cut-off Mahapanga village in Chandrapur block of Rayagada district.

On Monday, the wife of Mahendra Jagranga, Salmi suffered labour pain following which her family dialed the emergency 108 ambulance service for her immediate admission to a nearby hospital. However, the ambulance could not arrive at the village in the absence of any proper road connectivity to the region.

With no option left, the woman's family members and some locals placed her on a cot and stretchered her off towards the hospital. But as the condition of the woman deteriorated, she delivered a baby girl on the cot itself in the middle of the road.

Later, the relieved family members returned to the village with the mother and her newborn. The mother and her newborn girl are stated to be in good health.

Meanwhile, locals of the area have expressed deep discontent at the failure of the administration in laying a proper motorable road to the village despite repeated demands.

Administrative officials could not be reached for comment in connection with the incident.