Odishatv Bureau

Bolangir: Lack of road connectivity yet again turns out to be a deterrent to health services as a pregnant woman was carried on a cot for 2 kms in Dhunakeda village under Saintala block here on Saturday raising questions on the much hyped Janani Surakhya programmes in the tribal district.

According to sources, Mangulu Chatria's wife suffered from labour pain and needed to be shifted for immediate medical assistance. But her kin used a cot to carry her for nearly two kms to the nearby pucca road after failing to get an ambulance since there are no motorable roads to their village.

“Since there are two streams on either side of the village full with water the ambulance could not come to our village and so we carried her on a cot to the nearby pick up area,” Mangulu said.

The woman was later picked up by an ambulance and was admitted to Saintala hospital.