Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Tuesday felicitated Omkar Hota, a doctor for walking the extra mile to help a woman struggling to deliver a baby and later carrying her on cot for 8 kms to the hospital in remote Malkangiri.

Hota had responded to an SOS call from the family members of Subama Sundaray, an expectant mother who was facing difficulties in delivery after developing labour pain on November 1.

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As the area was completely cut-off and had no proper road connectivity, Hota rushed to the spot, conducted the delivery and later rushed the woman to hospital on a cot.

“Today, we have honored Omkar Hota for his exemplary commitment in walking the extra mile in bringing health care to some of the remote villages in Malkangiri,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“First I am a human being and then a doctor. After I came to know about the incident; and as it was a remote and inaccessible area, I rushed to the spot as my priority was to save both the mother and child,” said Hota.

Hota claimed as the condition of the expectant mother was critical, it prompted him to rush to the spot himself and assist her in delivery.

“There are no proper roads in the village since long. However, the tribals and poor have started accepting the advice of doctors on various aspects to improve their living and health conditions now,” Hota added.

Health Minister Pratap Jena said that the health department is proud of Hota’s remarkable efforts in saving the life of the woman and her newborn.

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Meanwhile, the CM also informed that Odisha will institute Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das award from this year to recognize and honour doctors, paramedics and other agencies for exemplary performance in healthcare.

“Our department will felicitate such doctors and others and the Gopabandhu Das awards will also certainly help to inspire others to work selflessly for the society,” said Jena.