Rayagada: It seems the government does not learn from its past mistakes and lacunae. Despite a number of cases of women delivering on roadsides and on way to hospitals in the last couple of months, nothing seems to have shaken the government to wake up and make amends to better the healthcare system in the state.
Else, another expectant mother would not have delivered a baby on roadside near Khasiguda under Kalyansinghpur block after ambulance failed to arrive in time.
Family members of the woman called ambulance soon after she started complaining of labour pain. However, the ambulance didn’t reach in time following which the family had to hire an auto-rickshaw to take her to hospital.
“We had to stop the auto-rickshaw and take her to roadside for delivery as the labour pain increased. Later, she delivered there only and returned in the same auto as the ambulance had not reached by then too,” said a family member.
Till last reports came in, the condition of the new-born girl was critical.
Around 14 cases have been reported in the last few months in Kalyansinghpur area where women either delivered in auto-rickshaws or while walking or being carried on cots to hospital.
The government recently launched ‘bike ambulance’ service in different areas along with.